Never mind closing Guantanamo, Trump might make it bigger

FILE - In this June 27, 2006 file photo, reviewed by a U.S. Department of Defense official, U.S. military guards walk within Camp Delta military-run prison, at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, Cuba. Fears that Donald Trump will make good on his pledge to bring more prisoners to the U.S. base in Cuba have human rights groups making a final push for President Obama to close the detention center before he leaves office. But the odds are against that with 60 prisoners left, only a third currently cleared for release. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)
FILE - In this June 27, 2006 file photo, reviewed by a U.S. Department of Defense official, U.S. military guards walk within Camp Delta military-run prison, at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, Cuba. Fears that Donald Trump will make good on his pledge to bring more prisoners to the U.S. base in Cuba have human rights groups making a final push for President Obama to close the detention center before he leaves office. But the odds are against that with 60 prisoners left, only a third currently cleared for release. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Never mind closing Guantanamo. It might be getting bigger.

President Barack Obama is running out of time to fulfill his longstanding promise to shutter the prison at the U.S. military base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Sixty detainees remain in the facility and only a third are cleared for release to other countries.

Donald Trump has not only pledged to keep Guantanamo open, he said during the campaign that he wants to — in his words — “load it up with some bad dudes.”

Congress has banned transferring any detainees to U.S. prisons.

The president said Monday that the ban has prevented him from closing it.

But he’s resettled or sent nearly 180 to other countries and is expected to repatriate up to 20 more before leaving office.

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