Barack Obama cannot leave office soon enough!
The United States will soon transfer four detainees at the Guantánamo Bay prison facility to Saudi Arabia. U.S. officials told Reuters that the transfers will take place in the next 24 hours.
The names and nationalities of the detainees were not immediately clear, although most of the remaining detainees who have been considered for transfer are from Yemen.
President Obama is reportedly hoping to remove 17 or 18 people from Gitmo before Donald Trump takes office on Jan. 20.
From The Hill:
Obama had pledged to close the facility during his presidency, and he released a plan in February 2016 to transfer most prisoners overseas and keep those that remain in a proposed prison on U.S. soil. But he faced fierce opposition from Congress, and lawmakers have barred the administration bringing detainees stateside.
Under current transfer plans, about 40 prisoners are expected to remain once Trump takes office. That figure would include the 10 men who were convicted by military commissions and 27 who have not been charged but are considered too dangerous to release, according to the New York Times.
Trump is against releasing any prisoners, having tweeted the following on Tuesday:
There should be no further releases from Gitmo. These are extremely dangerous people and should not be allowed back onto the battlefield.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2017