Gibbs: Gitmo isn't closing now
December 26th, 2010
01:58 PM ET

Gibbs: Gitmo isn't closing now

(CNN) – A year has passed since the Obama administration said the Guantanamo Bay military prison would close, but White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Sunday that the facility won't go away in the near future.

In an interview on CNN's "State of the Union," Gibbs said that even though the site is a recruiting tool for Islamic terrorists, legal and legislative issues have contributed to the delay in its closing.

"It's certainly not going to close in the next month. I think it's going to be a while before that prison closes," Gibbs told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley. "I think part of this depends on the Republicans' willingness to work with the administration on this."

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. jim in va

    So Bush was hammered in the media daily because Gitmo wasn't shut down but now that Obama is president all these excuses of why it's still open makes sense. hum?

    December 29, 2010 at 10:21 am |
    • Ryan

      who is humming? are you humming?

      December 29, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  2. HendersonNV

    wrt Gitmo Obama=Bush. Democrat=Republican. 2008 Democrat campaign was FALSE

    December 29, 2010 at 9:33 pm |
  3. Jay in NC

    CNN head story 2 days after inauguration.... Promising to return America to the "moral high ground" in the war on terrorism, President Obama issued three executive orders Thursday to demonstrate a clean break from the Bush administration, including one requiring that the Guantanamo Bay detention facility be closed within a year..... Obama should publicly apologize to President Bush.

    December 30, 2010 at 9:33 am |