W.H.: Obama May ‘Use Whatever Authority is Available to Him’ To Close Gitmo

‘I certainly wouldn’t take off the table the ability of the president to use whatever authority is available to him to try to move closer to accomplishing this goal’

WH: Obama May ‘Use Whatever Authority is Available To Him’ To Close Gitmo (CNS News)

The White House said Friday that if Congress blocks its plans to close the Guantanamo Bay prison facility, President Barack Obama may “use whatever authority is available to him to move closer to accomplishing his goal.”

On Thursday, the House passed a $607 billion defense bill that includes language barring President Barack Obama from moving Guantanamo Bay detainees to U.S. prisons.

“Our preference is we would like to work with Congress to get this done,” White House Spokesperson John Earnest told reporters on Friday. “I certainly wouldn’t take off the table the ability of the president to use whatever authority is available to him to try to move closer to accomplishing this goal.”

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