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The US president noted that operating Guantanamo is a huge waste of taxpayer dollars and is inconsistent "with our interests as a nation and undermines our standing in the world."
Likening lawmakers' fierce opposition to closing Guantanamo to calls against resettling Syrian refugees in the US, Obama emphasized on Thursday that the prison "has been an enormous recruitment tool" for terrorists like the Islamic State.
A surprise budget deal between the president and the House of Representatives means the Pentagon narrowly missed a host of looming political and budget problems.
Obama has vetoed the defense budget over Congress's use of emergency war funding to pay for non-emergency stuff, including a program designed to reassure NATO allies.
An amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act introduced Tuesday would make permanent an executive order President Obama signed in 2009.
Four Syrians, one Tunisian and one Palestinian have been flown from the US military prison in Cuba to their new home in South America. VICE News asks what they can expect in the Spanish-speaking country of 3.4 million.