Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is traveling to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, today for the first time, a spokesman told ABC News.
“This visit will allow Sen. Rubio an opportunity to better understand the role Guantanamo Bay plays in U.S. detention operations, and examine how the military commission process for trying the terrorists housed there is proceeding,” Alex Conant said in an email today.
Rubio, who is a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, will conduct oversight of the facility, tour the base, receive an intelligence overview and meet with the Joint Task Force Guantanamo commander, Rear Adm. Jeffrey Harbeson of the U.S. Navy.
While visiting Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Rubio, who turned 41 on Memorial Day, will see the Expeditionary Legal Complex, where the military tribunals of detainees are being conducted, along with touring CAMP VI, the building where the detainees are held.
Rubio, whose family emigrated to the United States from Cuba, will not leave the confines of the base and returns to Miami this evening.