The White House has reportedly rejected the Pentagon’s proposed plan to close the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and build a replacement in the United States.
The Department of Defense’s cost estimate for shutting down the notorious detention facility came as high as $600 million and was rejected by the White House as too expensive, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal.
Administration officials said the proposal has been sent back to the Pentagon for revisions.
More than half of the estimated cost– $350 million — was related to building a new detention facility in the US, something that Congress and state officials vehemently opposed.
In addition, the Pentagon’s plan would require another $300 million per year in operating costs, an official told the Journal. The annual cost of running the facility in Guantanamo is about $400 million.
The cost dispute marked the latest setback to closing the Guantanamo prison, a top campaign promise of President Barack Obama in 2008 and one of his first executive orders when he took office in January 2009.