Jay Carney Scolds Matt Lauer for Listening to 'Propaganda of Terrorists' on Bergdahl Exchange
White House Press Secretary scolded the Today Show’s Matt Lauer after he repeatedly questioned President Obama’s decision to exchange five Taliban prisoners to secure the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
"Is this semantics, Jay?” asked Lauer. “Are we calling it a prisoner swap when, in fact, it is negotiating with terrorists?”
Carney reminded Lauer that the United States was a country that did not leave soldiers behind in periods of war and that the White House “made every effort we could” to secure Bergdahl’s release.
“Yeah, but the terrorists are celebrating this, Jay and in some ways, they now know there is a going rate, that one American in captivity can win the release of five terrorists being held by the United States,” Lauer said. “Do you worry that that sets a very dangerous precedent?
“Well, I caution anyone against buying the propaganda of terrorists, first of all,” Carney shot back, pointing to a “long history and precedent” of the United States exchanging prisoners during armed conflicts.