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Stumbling quest to close detention center at Guantanamo roils Pentagon, White House, Congress

  • FILE - In this June 7, 2014 file photo, the entrance to Camp 5 and Camp 6 at the U.S. military's Guantanamo Bay detention center, at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba. The Obama Administration’s struggling crusade to close the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is mired in state and federal politics, and frustrated White House and Pentagon officials are blaming each other for the slow progress releasing approved detainees and finding a new prison to house the remainder. (AP Photo/Ben Fox, File)

    FILE - In this June 7, 2014 file photo, the entrance to Camp 5 and Camp 6 at the U.S. military's Guantanamo Bay detention center, at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba. The Obama Administration’s struggling crusade to close the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is mired in state and federal politics, and frustrated White House and Pentagon officials are blaming each other for the slow progress releasing approved detainees and finding a new prison to house the remainder. (AP Photo/Ben Fox, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2015 file photo, Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks during a news conference at the Pentagon. The Obama Administration’s struggling crusade to close the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is mired in state and federal politics, and frustrated White House and Pentagon officials are blaming each other for the slow progress releasing approved detainees and finding a new prison to house the remainder."  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

    FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2015 file photo, Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks during a news conference at the Pentagon. The Obama Administration’s struggling crusade to close the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is mired in state and federal politics, and frustrated White House and Pentagon officials are blaming each other for the slow progress releasing approved detainees and finding a new prison to house the remainder." (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this May 31, 2009 pool-file photo reviewed by the U.S. military and shot through a window, a guard wearing a protective face mask speaks with a detainee through a fence as another paces inside the exercise yard at Camp five detention facility on Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in Cuba. The Obama Administration’s struggling crusade to close the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is mired in state and federal politics, and frustrated White House and Pentagon officials are blaming each other for the slow progress releasing approved detainees and finding a new prison to house the remainder. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, Pool, File)

    FILE - In this May 31, 2009 pool-file photo reviewed by the U.S. military and shot through a window, a guard wearing a protective face mask speaks with a detainee through a fence as another paces inside the exercise yard at Camp five detention facility on Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in Cuba. The Obama Administration’s struggling crusade to close the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is mired in state and federal politics, and frustrated White House and Pentagon officials are blaming each other for the slow progress releasing approved detainees and finding a new prison to house the remainder. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, Pool, File)  (The Associated Press)

The Obama administration's quest to close the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is mired in state and federal politics.

Frustrated White House and Pentagon officials are blaming each other for the slow progress releasing approved detainees and finding a new U.S. prison to house those still held.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter is facing criticism from administration officials who complain he hasn't approved enough detainee transfers, even though 52 are eligible.

Officials say the White House is frustrated because President Barack Obama discussed the issue with Carter when he was hired for the Pentagon job, and they believed Carter was on board with the White House's plans to move more quickly.

Others say Carter is approving transfers and pushing his staff to get more to him.