Trump expected to announce order to keep Guantanamo Bay prison open

Trump's move would reverse Obama's effort to close Guantanamo Bay

U.S. diplomats have been instructed to inform relevant embassies of the change in policy following the State of the Union speech Tuesday night.

Trump's planned executive order, first reported by POLITICO, would rescind a prior order issued by Obama.

Obama made closing the Guantanamo Bay prison one his first and highest priorities as president, but he was not able to achieve that signature goal.

In 2009, Obama signed an executive ordered stating that the prison be closed "as soon as practicable, and no later than one year from the date of this order," but it remains open because of resistance from Congress.

During the campaign, Trump endorsed keeping the prison open saying, "We're gonna load it up with some bad dudes, believe me, we're gonna load it up."

A White House spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment.