Sam Stein
The Huffington Post
July 11, 2010

White House senior adviser David Axelrod refused on Sunday to say whether the Obama administration will close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay by the end of this year.

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“We’ll see,” he told CNN’s “State of the Union,” when asked if the White House could shut the facility by the end of 2010.

The comments from Axelrod are an illustration of how wary the White House is of promising movement on the Gitmo front. The president had insisted he would close the detention center by the end of his first year in office, only to be met with a Republican backlash and concern among many Democrats. An alternate site was located in upstate Illinois, and the White House insists that it remains committed to Gitmo’s closure. But little has been done to compel Congress to appropriate funds for the move, according to Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) chair of the Senate Committee on Armed Services.

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