iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — President Trump intends to keep his campaign promise regarding the continued operation of the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a top White House aide suggested Wednesday.

“The president has been really explicit … that Gitmo is a very, very important tool,” Sebastian Gorka, deputy assistant to the president, said on Fox News Wednesday morning. “It’s also important to understand that Guantanamo Bay is an incredibly important intelligence asset.”

Since taking office last month, the president has yet to address directly the future of Gitmo. The day before Trump’s inauguration, President Obama transferred four more people from the facility to United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, leaving 41 detainees.

“We have transferred 196 detainees from Guantanamo with arrangements designed to keep them from engaging in acts that pose a threat to the United States and our allies,” the Obama administration wrote in its final report to Congress on the facility. “Of the nearly 800 detainees at one time held at the facility, today only 41 remain.”

The Obama administration and human rights groups spent eight years attempting to close the facility, calling it a stain on America’s reputation around the world and even claimed it was used as a recruitment tool for foreign terror groups.

But supporters of the facility’s continued operations point to recurring reports of a number of released or transferred detainees who eventually returned to terrorist activity.

Gorka, a former national security editor at Breitbart News, pointed to reports that a recent ISIS suicide bomber in Mosul was identified as a British former Guantanamo Bay detainee who was released in 2003.

“You look at the things that we have managed to achieve based upon the intelligence gleaned from the prisoners there,” Gorka said. “So we stand by the president’s determination during the campaign that this is something we have to keep.”

The White House, however, has not commented on whether Trump will move forward with a suggestion during his campaign that U.S. terror suspects should be tried in military tribunals and held at Guantanamo. Federal law prohibits U.S. citizens from being tried in military tribunals.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A federal judge in New York ordered the Trump administration to produce a list of all persons detained as part of the president’s executive order that limited travel and immigration from seven countries as well as temporarily shut down the refugee program.

Brooklyn federal judge Carol Bagley Amon delivered the order Tuesday, asking for the names of people held for questioning or processed from Jan. 28 at 9:37 p.m. — when another Brooklyn judge halted part of the ban that allowed for deportations — until Jan. 29 at 11:59 p.m.

The order includes travelers who arrived with refugee applications, valid visa holders, and people from the seven countries — Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen — who were legally authorized to enter the U.S.

The administration later said that green card holders and others were not subject to the order, which a Washington state court placed on hold pending litigation against it.

Trump downplayed the number of people detained as a result of the order’s implementation.

The government has until Feb. 23 to produce the list in the New York case.

The order was delivered as a part of a case filed by two Iraqi nationals who were detained at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. The restraining order issued in Brooklyn on Jan. 28 expired Tuesday.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump denounced anti-Semitism Tuesday after facing criticism that he has not come out strongly enough against recent threats directed at U.S. Jewish centers.

“The anti-Semitic threats targeting our Jewish community and community centers are horrible and are painful and a very sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil,” Trump remarked after touring the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

“This tour was a meaningful reminder of why we have to fight bigotry, intolerance and hatred in all of its very ugly forms,” Trump said from a podium set up at the museum.

Steven Goldstein, the executive director of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, found fault with Trump’s statement, arguing that his “too little, too late acknowledgement of anti-Semitism” is “not enough.”

“The president’s sudden acknowledgement is a Band-Aid on the cancer of Antisemitism that has infected his own administration,” Goldstein wrote in a statement posted on Facebook.

He accused the Trump administration of committing “grotesque acts and omissions reflecting anti-Semitism.”

“It was only yesterday, Presidents Day, that Jewish Community Centers across the nation received bomb threats, and the president said absolutely nothing,” Goldstein said.

The FBI announced it would investigate, along with the Justice Department, the bomb threats made at Jewish centers across the country, including the 11 threats made yesterday.

Responding to a question about the Anne Frank Center’s statement at Tuesday’s White House press briefing, press secretary Sean Spicer said he wished the group had delivered a different message.

“I wish that they had praised the president for his leadership in this area and I think that hopefully, as time continues to go by, they recognize his commitment to civil rights, to voting rights, to equality for all Americans,” said Spicer.

Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump, who is Jewish, tweeted last night that America must protect its houses of worship and religious centers.

Spicer said in a statement Monday, “Hatred and hate-motivated violence of any kind have no place in a country founded on the promise of individual freedom. The president has made it abundantly clear that these actions are unacceptable.”

In a press conference last week, Trump was asked by a Jewish reporter about the recent wave of threats.

“I haven’t seen anybody in my community accuse either yourself or — anyone on your staff of being anti-Semitic. However, what we are concerned about and what we haven’t really heard being addressed is an uptick in anti-Semitism and how the government is planning to take care of it,” Jake Turx of Ami magazine began.

Donald Trump cut off Turx and dismissed the question as unfair and “very insulting.”

“No. 1, I am the least anti-Semitic person that you’ve ever seen in your entire life. No. 2, racism, the least racist person,” Trump said, apparently interpreting the question as a personal attack.

“I hate the charge. I find it repulsive. I hate even the question,” he said.

Trump was criticized last month for a statement he released on Holocaust Remembrance Day that did not mention Jews or anti-Semitism.

“It is with a heavy heart and somber mind that we remember and honor the victims, survivors, heroes of the Holocaust,” he said in the statement. “In the name of the perished, I pledge to do everything in my power throughout my presidency, and my life, to ensure that the forces of evil never again defeat the powers of good.”

Spicer defended the statement in a press briefing a few days later, saying it was “written with the help of an individual who is both Jewish and the descendant of Holocaust survivors.”

“To suggest that remembering the Holocaust and acknowledging all of the people — Jewish, gypsies, priests, disabled, gays and lesbians — it is pathetic that people are picking on a statement,” Spicer said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — New memos unveiled by the Trump administration Tuesday outline a sweeping plan to detain and deport certain undocumented immigrants as well as add more than 15,000 immigration, border patrol and customs agents, but White House press secretary Sean Spicer said mass deportation is not the goal.

One of the memos — signed by Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly — says that the agency will “no longer will exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement” with certain exceptions including children.

That memo calls President Obama’s prioritization of deporting certain undocumented immigrants “failed” and says that “Department personnel may initiate enforcement actions against removable aliens encountered during the performance of their duties.”

The memos, released publicly Tuesday morning, offer the clearest picture yet of how the Trump administration plans to tackle the issue of undocumented immigration, including calling for enlistment of local law enforcement to help detain and remove unauthorized individuals, construction of the promised border wall and expansion of detention facilities at the southern border.

In an exchange with ABC News’ Cecilia Vega, Spicer insisted Tuesday that the priority would be placed on those who Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials deem a threat or have committed crimes.

“The message from this White House and the DHS is that those people who are in this country and pose a threat to our public safety or have committed a crime will be the first to go and we will be aggressively making sure that that occurs. That is what the priority is,” he said.

“What the order sets out today is ensures that the million or so people that have been adjudicated already, that ICE prioritizes creates a system of prioritization and makes sure that we walk through that system in a way that protects the country.”

Spicer went on to say that by removing protocols prioritizing certain immigrants for removal that were in place during the Obama administration, “the president wanted to take the shackles off” law enforcement and immigration officials.

“The INA § 287(g) Program has been a highly successful force multiplier that allows a qualified state or local law enforcement officer to be designated as an “immigration officer” for purposes of enforcing federal immigration law,” one of the memos says.

One of the memos states that “detention … is the most efficient means by which to enforce the immigration laws at our borders” as opposed to the “catch-and-release” policies of the past.

“Detention also prevents such aliens from committing crimes while at large in the United States, ensures that aliens will appear for their removal proceedings, and substantially increases the likelihood that aliens lawfully ordered removed will be removed,” the memo says.

That memo calls for the Director of ICE and the Commissioner of CBP to “take all necessary action and allocate all available resources to expand their detention capabilities and capacities at or near the border with Mexico to the greatest extent practicable” and tasks the border patrol with expanding short-term detention facilities and ICE with “all other detention capabilities.”

The plans stated in the memos have raised concern among immigrants’ rights and civil rights groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union.

“These memos confirm that the Trump administration is willing to trample on due process, human decency, the well-being of our communities and even protections for vulnerable children in pursuit of a hyperaggressive mass deportation policy,” Omar Jadwat, the director of the ACLU’s immigrants’ rights project, said in a statement.

The memos address Trump’s planned construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, stating that the administration has all the authority it needs to get started and that the DHS will “immediately begin planning, design, construction and maintenance of a wall, including the attendant lighting, technology (including sensors), as well as patrol and access roads, along the land border with Mexico.”

On a call with reporters Tuesday morning, DHS officials emphasized that the memos have no impact on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, and the memos make no mention of using any National Guard troops for enforcement.

Kelly has directed ICE to hire 10,000 officers and agents and Customs and Border Patrol to hire 5,000 additional border patrol agents and 500 air and marine agents and officers.

The hiring of 5,000 new border patrol agents was something that Trump touted during the presidential campaign as part of his plan to fight illegal immigration.

Additionally, the memos order the establishment of an office for victims of immigration crime, though few details have been revealed.

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NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The position of National Security Adviser does not require Senate confirmation, but when three-star generals like Trump’s pick for the position, H.R. McMaster, change jobs within the service they do need the approval.

The rule has nothing to do with the White House, but rather the military: all three and four-star generals must receive Senate confirmation whenever they seek to change jobs.

What does this mean for McMaster?

If McMaster wanted to keep his lieutenant general status, President Donald Trump would need to reappoint him and then wait for him to get a confirmation vote on the Senate floor, according to a Senate Armed Services Committee aide.

This happened to Gen. Colin Powell when he served as President Ronald Reagan’s national security adviser. The Armed Services committee held a hearing on him, then referred his nomination to the Senate, and then the full Senate voted on him.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean McMaster has to go through the confirmation gauntlet.

There are two options that would allow him to serve as national security adviser without needing to be confirmed, according to the committee aide: he could either revert to two-star major general status to lead Trump’s National Security Council, or he could simply retire from active military duty.

Those were the options Powell faced. In the end, as he wrote in his memoir, “My American Journey,” he chose to keep his higher ranking and go through confirmation.

“The post of National Security Advisor did not require Senate confirmation. But as a three-star general, I would have to be confirmed for any job in order to hold on to my rank. If I dropped back to two stars, I could be appointed without Senate confirmation. But I was not eager to be demoted in the Army so that I could be promoted in a civilian post,” he wrote.

It’s not clear how many committee hoops McMaster would have to jump through if he decides to stay a lieutenant general. Committee aides would not yet comment on whether they would require a hearing, if McMaster chooses to remain a three-star general, given that the position does not otherwise require one.

At the end of Tuesday’s White House briefing, press secretary Sean Spicer said McMaster would not require Senate confirmation, but did not explain further. He was not asked specifically about the rules governing three and four-star generals.

The White House has not yet returned ABC News’ request for more information.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) — The naming of Army Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster to be President Trump’s new National Security Adviser has raised some questions about how an active duty officer can serve in the job.

But, it has been done before. McMaster will be the fourth active duty military officer to serve in the role as National Security Adviser.

There are some challenges that an Army three star general could face in the role, while remaining on active duty.

ABC News looks at some of the potential issue facing McMaster.

The National Security Council

The job of the National Security Adviser evolved in the 1950’s from the 1947 National Security Act that created the National Security Council. The Adviser oversees the Council, which coordinates policy between the Pentagon, the State Department, the intelligence services and other government agencies involved in national security. The Adviser is typically one of the President’s closest aides and the position does not require Senate confirmation.

Originally a small staff, over the last few decades the National Security Council has ballooned in size to several hundred employees.

Its staffers are typically detailed from the military or relevant agencies to work in their field of expertise.

National Security Advisers have typically been civilians, though three military officers have served in the role.

In late 1975, when Brent Scrowcroft was named to be Gerald Ford’s National Security Adviser, he was an active duty Air Force Lieutenant General who was serving as the Deputy National Security Adviser. But a month after being named to the top job, Scrowcroft retired from the Air Force because he felt the job should be held by a civilian. He continued in the post through the end of the Ford administration as a civilian.

Navy Vice Admiral John Poindexter and Army Lieutenant General Colin Powell both remained on active duty when each served as National Security Adviser for Ronald Reagan.

Though Senate confirmation is not required for the post, Powell did have a confirmation hearing so he could retain his three star rank.

The White House has said that McMaster will remain on active duty during his tenure. But if he is asked to serve in the role as a three star general a Senate Armed Services Committee aide told ABC News Tuesday “the law requires that General McMaster would have to be reappointed by the president and reconfirmed by the Senate in that grade for his new position.”

Otherwise, to avoid Senate confirmation the aide said McMaster “could serve as National Security Adviser in his permanent rank of major general [2-star], or retire. Neither of those require any Senate action.”

What Will McMaster’s Role Be?

Judging by the service of his active duty predecessors, McMaster’s rank will not be an impediment in dealing with officers of superior rank.

McMaster’s main task will be to coordinate the Trump administration’s foreign policy and national security decisions amongst the relevant agencies of the federal government.

McMaster’s active duty rank will not affect their relationship to the National Security Adviser, who reports directly to the President. That level of access will allow McMaster to voice his opinions freely and directly to the commander in chief, which should not be a stretch for McMaster, who is known as an independent thinker willing to speak his mind.

Currently, he is known as a noted military strategist and pioneer in the counterinsurgency doctrine that helped turn the tide in Iraq.

McMaster’s military advancement had once seemed to have stalled — namely after his 1997 book “Dereliction of Duty” that criticized military officers for not challenging political decisions during the early years of the Vietnam War was published.

His career path regained an upward trajectory after success in stabilizing the northern Iraqi city of Tal Afar and developing counterinsurgency strategy.

In his new role, McMaster will probably demonstrate some of his candor with respect to Russia, whose military moves in recent years he has viewed warily.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump denounced anti-Semitism Tuesday after facing criticism that he has not come out strongly enough against recent threats directed at U.S. Jewish centers.

“The anti-Semitic threats targeting our Jewish community and community centers are horrible and are painful and a very sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil,” Trump remarked after touring the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

“This tour was a meaningful reminder of why we have to fight bigotry, intolerance and hatred in all of its very ugly forms,” Trump said from a podium set up at the museum.

The executive director of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect found fault with Trump’s statement, arguing Trump’s “too little, too late acknowledgement of anti-Semitism” is “not enough.”

“The president’s sudden acknowledgement is a Band-Aid on the cancer of Antisemitism [sic] that has infected his own administration,” Steven Goldstein said in a statement posted to Facebook.

Goldstein accused the Trump administration of committing “grotesque acts and omissions reflecting anti-Semitism.”

“It was only yesterday, Presidents Day, that Jewish Community Centers across the nation received bomb threats, and the president said absolutely nothing,” Goldstein argued.

The FBI announced it would investigate, along with the Justice Department, the bomb threats made at Jewish centers across the country.

In a press conference last week, Trump was asked by a Jewish reporter about the recent wave of threats.

“I haven’t seen anybody in my community accuse either yourself or — anyone on your staff of being anti-Semitic. However, what we are concerned about, and what we haven’t really heard being addressed, is an uptick in anti-Semitism and how the government is planning to take care of it,” Jake Turx of Ami Magazine began.

Trump cut Turx off and dismissed the question as unfair and “very insulting.”

“Number one, I am the least anti-Semitic person that you’ve ever seen in your entire life. Number two, racism, the least racist person,” Trump said, interpreting the question as a personal attack.

“I hate the charge. I find it repulsive. I hate even the question,” Trump said.

Trump was also criticized last month for a statement he released on Holocaust Remembrance Day.

“It is with a heavy heart and somber mind that we remember and honor the victims, survivors, heroes of the Holocaust,” Trump said in the statement. “In the name of the perished, I pledge to do everything in my power throughout my presidency, and my life, to ensure that the forces of evil never again defeat the powers of good.”

The statement received backlash for not mentioning Jews or anti-Semitism.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer defended the statement in a press briefing a few days later, saying it was “written with the help of an individual who is both Jewish and the descendants of Holocaust survivors.”

“To suggest that remembering the Holocaust and acknowledging all of the people — Jewish, gypsies, priests, disabled, gays and lesbians — it is pathetic that people are picking on a statement,” Spicer said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Department of Homeland Security released two new memos Tuesday morning about immigration enforcement, including the hiring of more than 15,000 new employees.

The memos note that when it comes to deportations, the DHS will continue to prioritize criminal aliens who pose a public safety risk, but DHS employees will still enforce the law as it pertains to undocumented immigrants who are encountered through the normal course of enforcement actions.

For instance, an undocumented immigrant who has a DUI or similar offense is subject to removal under the law, and with this memo, such cases would likely result in removal.

Officials emphasized that they do not want to instill a “sense of panic” in immigrant communities, but they want to enforce laws passed by Congress.

On a call with reporters Tuesday morning, DHS officials emphasized that the memos have no impact on DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and the memos make no mention of any National Guard troops being used for interior enforcement.

DHS Secretary John Kelly has directed Immigration and Customs Enforcement to hire 10,000 officers and agents and Customs and Border Patrol to hire 5,000 additional border patrol agents and 500 air and Marine agents and officers.

The hiring of 5,000 new border patrol agents was something that President Trump touted during the presidential campaign as part of his plan to fight illegal immigration.

Another new result of the memos is the establishment of an office for victims of immigration crime, though few details have been revealed.

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SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump visited the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture Tuesday, touring various exhibits including the “Paradox of Liberty” and one profiling Dr. Ben Carson, the president’s nominee for secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Joining the president for the tour was daughter Ivanka Trump, Dr. Ben Carson and wife Candy Carson and Trump adviser Omarosa Manigault. The group was accompanied by museum director Lonnie Bunch.

“Honestly, it’s fantastic,” the president said of the museum before posing for a photo with Carson, adding he was “very proud” of Carson. “I’ve learned and I’ve seen and they’ve done an incredible job.”

The president was initially scheduled to visit the museum in observance of Martin Luther King Day but ABC News later learned that the visit was removed from his calendar due to scheduling issues and was not fully planned out.

In brief remarks following the tour, President Trump stressed unity in the country after quoting Martin Luther King Jr.

“We’re going to bring this country together, maybe bring some of the world together, but we’re going to bring this country together,” he said. “We have a divided country, it’s been divided for many, many years, but we’re going to bring it together.”

Last week, following the joint Trump-Netanyahu press conference at the White House, First Lady Melania Trump hosted Sara Netanyahu on a visit to the museum.

The wives were accompanied by museum director Lonnie Bunch and Smithsonian Secretary David Skorton.

“Mrs Sara Netanyahu met at the White House with @FLOTUS Melania Trump, who surprised her with a visit to @NMAAHC,” read a tweet from Netanyahu’s office, along with a trio of photos of the leaders’ wives at the museum and the White House.

The first lady reportedly said in a statement afterwards of the visit, “As we remember, with deep humility and reverence, the historic plight of slavery which the Jewish and African-American people have known all too well, we rededicate ourselves to those powerful words that both our nations hold dear: “NEVER AGAIN!”

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump denounced anti-Semitism Tuesday after facing criticism that he has not come out strongly enough against recent threats at Jewish centers.

“I will tell you that anti-Semitism is horrible and it’s going to stop,” Trump said in an interview Tuesday with MSNBC. “It has to stop.”

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