President Barack Obama said Thursday he would “make no apologies” for freeing five Taliban detainees in return for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s release.
In his strongest defense yet of the deal that has come under intense scrutiny on Capitol Hill, Obama said he wasn’t surprised by the controversy that has erupted over the circumstances surrounding the deal.
“Yeah, I’m never surprised by controversies that are whipped up in Washington. Right? That’s — that’s par for the course,” he said.
“But I’ll repeat what I said two days ago. We have a basic principle, we do not leave anybody wearing the American uniform behind. We had a prisoner of war who’s health had deteriorated, and we were deeply concerned about and we saw an opportunity and we seized it. And I make no apologies for that,” he said. Full story