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Obama on Bergdahl deal: ‘No apologies’

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JENNIFER EPSTEIN
Politico
June 5, 2014

President Barack Obama said Thursday that he will not apologize for approving the prisoner swap that brought Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl into U.S. custody and that it was the right thing to do.

“We saw an opportunity and we seized it. And I make no apologies for that,” he said at a press conference in Brussels.

“We have a basic principle: we do not leave anybody wearing the American uniform behind,” Obama said, repeating the defense he offered earlier in the week.

Obama also said he wasn’t surprised by the backlash coming from both parties, as members of the House and Senate intelligence committees blast the administration for not giving advance notice on the swap, and as some question whether Bergdahl — who faces allegations of desertion — was worth negotiating for, especially in exchange for five top members of the Taliban being held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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