UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — President Donald Trump signed an executive order to keep the military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay open indefinitely.
Trump announced the decision during his State of the Union address on Jan 30.
Under the order, the U.S. retains the option to detain additional enemy combatants at the detention center in Cuba.
In also directs Secretary of Defense James Mattis to re-examine the U.S.’ military detention policy.
The move reverses an Obama-era executive order to close the controversial prison — a goal the former president was not able to achieve before leaving office.
It also makes good on a campaign promise, in which Trump said he wanted to keep Guantanamo open and “load it up with some bad dudes.”
Forty-one detainees remain at Guantanamo, of the roughly 700 who have been held there since 2002.