He signed a decree, Trump said Tuesday evening (local time) in his State of the Union address.
Trump reverses a decision of his predecessor Barack Obama, who wanted to close the camp and had ordered by decree immediately after taking office in January 2009. Trump had repeatedly promised to keep the prison camp during the election campaign. But he left the decree of Obama untouched for more than a year.
The prison camp had been built after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 under the then Republican President George W. Bush to hold alleged Islamist terrorists.
Currently there are 41 inmates. Ten of them were charged with military tribunals. Three inmates were convicted. Seven more have to answer for war crimes. Among them is Khaled Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind behind the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. However, the proceedings have stalled for years.
26 inmates were never charged. The US government does not want to let her go because she considers the men too dangerous. However, the evidence is not sufficient for prosecution or was obtained by torture. Five other inmates were released under Obama’s government for release. However, this was not implemented.