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White House spokesman Josh Earnest on Tuesday accused lawmakers who oppose efforts to close down the terrorist detainee center in Guantanamo Bay of pursing narrow and "trivial" political interests.

The Obama administration has hinted that it may want to move the 112 remaining terrorist suspects now in Cuba to facilities in either Colorado, Kansas or South Carolina, which has prompted many in Congress to oppose the plan and push to keep the facility open in Cuba. But Earnest said members aren't seeing the bigger picture.

In his daily briefing with reporters, Earnest said closing the prison will "require Democrats and Republicans in the Congress to put the national interest ahead of their much more narrow and, in comparison, trivial political interests."

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