WASHINGTON, D.C. — House Speaker John Boehner said he is glad Bowe Bergdahl is back but added he expects there will be more lives lost as a result of the Obama administration’s controversial prisoner swap.
“There is not any doubt in my mind that there are going to be costs, lives associated — lost lives associated with what came out of this,” Boehner said Monday at a press conference.
According to the Speaker, the most consequential aspect of the Bergdahl prisoner trade for five high-value Guantanamo Bay Taliban detainees is the fact that the United States negotiated with terrorists.
“The biggest issue here is the violation of a policy the United States has had for many many years, that we don’t negotiate with terrorists and the fact is that we have violated that policy and as a result we have made Americans less safe here and all around the world. And we’re going to pay for this,” he said.
Boehner said that he was not briefed on the Bergdahl swap and questioned the Obama administration’s excuse that there were concerns about leaks.
“Six months before Osama Bin Laden was taken down I was briefed on it. I was briefed multiple times over the course of the six months. I was given a heads up several days before it happened. So this idea that they couldn’t trust us to not leak things is just not true,” he said.
Boehner said that he had had discussions several years ago about the efforts to get Bergdahl back, but never specifics about a five-to-one prisoner exchange.