The White House said Thursday that if Congress blocks new plans to close the notorious Guantanamo Bay prison, President Barack Obama may resort to a controversial executive order to get the job done.

With time running out for the 44th president to fulfill an incomplete election campaign promise, he looks increasingly likely to bypass lawmakers who have blocked the facility’s closure.

“I’m certainly not going to take anything off the table,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said when asked about possible executive action.

He said Obama will do “everything that he can to make progress” toward Guantanamo’s closure, which Earnest described as a “national security priority.”

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