Obama said the good-bye speech is a tradition dating back to the country's first president.
Undeterred by Trump's demand, the White House insisted more transfers are forthcoming.
A coalition including Amnesty, the Center for Constitutional Rights, Reprieve, and Veterans for Peace is planning a protest and rally at the White House for Guantánamo's 15th anniversary on January 11.
Trump already had historically low approval ratings for an incoming president. Trump has criticized the move as "extremely dangerous" and called on the outgoing administration to stop the releases.
"They're detainees, not prisoners", Kelly told Military Times past year, later adding, "There are no innocent men down there". Dining rooms will be redecorated and set up while the kitchen staff cooks up an inaugural snack to get the new First Family through all those late-night balls.
Additionally, a public ticket distribution will take place at McCormick Place on January 7, according to the White House.
President-elect Donald Trump and President Barack Obama essentially tied in a poll asking registered voters who they would prefer be President over the next four years.
"President Obama said he thinks he would have won against me".
"Since 2009, we've faced our fair share of challenges, and come through them stronger", Obama said in a statement about his farewell address. "But we ought not to allow that failure to obscure the important steps forward that we've taken at the same time - steps that may well be reversed by President Obama's successor".
There are now 59 prisoners there, down from 105 at this time previous year.
Mr. Obama said he was "fired up and ready to go" to lead the resistance to Mr. Trump.
Most of those suspected of returning to the battlefield are from Afghanistan, reflecting the large number of people from there who were detained after the 9/11 attacks.
Finally, less than half of Americans have any faith that a President Trump can handle any of the big responsibilities of being president, worrying that he will misuse power while holding the country's highest office.