(Huffington Post) — Saying that he no longer gets surprised by “whipped up” controversies in Washington, D.C., President Barack Obama on Thursday gave his most forceful defense to date of his decision to swap five Taliban leaders for an American prisoner of war.
“We saw an opportunity and we seized it and I make no apologies for that,” he said.
Speaking at a press conference in Brussels, Obama said that his administration acted on a bedrock principle that the United States does not leave soldiers behind in the battlefield. On several occasions, he was defiant while defending his decision to bring Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl home to the U.S. after five years in captivity.