Mattis Makes Surprise Visit to Gitmo, First Trip to Facility by Pentagon Chief in 16 Years

December 22, 2017
OAN Newsroom

Defense Secretary James Mattis is visiting troops at Guantanamo Bay, marking the first trip to the U.S. Navy base by a Pentagon chief in more than 16 years.

Mattis met with troops Thursday to support them during this Christmas season, and to thank them for their service.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis talks to U.S. Marine Corps troops at a rifle range at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on Thursday, Dec. 21. 2017. The unannounced visit was the first by a defense secretary since Donald Rumsfeld visited in January 2002 shortly after the first prisoners arrived from Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Robert Burns)

Pentagon officials say there were no talks of detainee policies, or inspections of the detention facilities.

Over 2,000 troops are currently stationed at the facility to oversee the detention of 41 prisoners who remain in custody.

The visit is the first by a defense chief since Donald Rumsfeld made the visit in 2002.

“We set up a government that was intended to be very messy and have three competing power bases…and right now we have all three of those branches of government coequal… the executive… the legislative… and the judicial… all in support of what you’re doing,” Secretary Mattis told service members.

The use of Guantanamo Bay has been a point of contention for the Trump administration.

Since taking office, President Trump has not released or sent any prisoners, but said he is open to using the facility for domestic terrorists.

  • C B

    Lets fill that place up ! Why don’t we start detaining Illegal’s there , in particular the Cuban Illegals ………..

  • Franklin

    Merry Christmas to all our beloved troops, wherever they may be stationed this Christmas!

  • Brad

    No more special treatment since their brother is no longer in office. Agree, main diet should be bacon, ham and pork hot dogs. We also should have a pig farm there.

  • Rufus Firefly

    Mattis was on a confidential mission to determine how much gilt will be needed for Trump’s new retirement home and to ensure that the mess can burn steaks..

  • a voice of concern

    It has been said that Abraham Lincoln Freed the slaves and Obama Freed the terrorists.

    • Rufus Firefly

      It has been said that Trump is a traitorous con man.

      • WaterIsWet

        Obama has proven to be that.

  • Legion

    Put his son in Gitmo!

  • Lee Hileman


    • Scott Henke

      Lucky kid! God bless him and keep him safe.

    • John Henry Bicycle Lucas

      My son is a Marine stationed at Camp Lejune. Thank your son for me for his dedication to our country!

  • The other Donald

    I could live with that

  • landy fincannon

    2000 troops for 41 prisoners. Must be some bad boys.

  • WrathMaster

    Inspecting Hillary and Obama admins cells.

  • The other Donald

    Soros should be the first domestic terrorist to be jailed in Guantanamo

  • Varangian Guard

    Go get ‘em General, let them know how important they are to us. “0” just wanted to put them out of work like every other profession he attacked.

  • kaiju

    Is anybody left there? I though the former terrorist in chief turned all his buddies loose.

    • Shane Norkus

      but, but, but, we got one traitorous deserter – Bowe Bergdahl – in return for all the terrorists released.

      • whoselineisitanyway

        Bergdahl should be in a cell

        • Shane Norkus

          he should be stood up against a wall and shot, along with his equally despicable parents.

    • Leonard Suschena

      There are 55 still there, according to some reports.

    • Deplorable Jackphatz

      For all Obama’s big talk and BS he never did make any real effort to close Gitmo.