US President Barack Obama will keep his promise to close the American military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, before his presidency ends in 11 months, according to the White House. Obama will first provide Congress a long-awaited plan about how to close the detention facility, and seek its approval, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said. If Congress fails to act, the Obama administration will determine the next step, he said. Congress has explicitly banned the transfer of Guantanamo detainees from Cuba to US soil. McDonough declined to say whether Obama would close the prison using his own executive powers if Congress rejects his plan. "I'm not an if-then guy," he said.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.