May 2, 2018

First Guantanamo Bay detainee transferred out under Trump

Guantanamo Bay at sunrise.

Guantanamo Bay. Photo: Michelle Shephard/Toronto Star via Getty Images

The Department of Defense announced the transfer of a Guantánamo Bay detainee into Saudi Arabian custody on Wednesday, marking the first transfer under the Trump administration.

Why it matters: President Trump said on the campaign trail that, not only would he keep the controversial military prison open, but he would also "load it up with some bad dudes." The New York Times reports that Defense Secretary James Mattis has provided the White House with updated guidelines on "when to propose transferring detainees to Guantánamo."

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