White House: Bergdahl ‘Charged and Not Convicted’ of Desertion

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On CNN this morning, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest explained that the principal of “leave no man behind” still applied to Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, even though he was charged by the Army with desertion yesterday.

“Sergeant Bergdahl has been charged and not convicted,” Earnest explained. “There’s an ongoing military justice process that’s underway and I don’t want to say anything that might interfere with that investigation or even leave anyone with the appearance of some sort of interference. But that is a process that will run its course as it should.”

Americans are questioning the president’s decision to release five Guantanamo detainees to Qatar in exchange for Bergdahl’s release.

But Earnest insisted that Bergdahl’s situation still applied to the important American value of “leaving no man behind.”

Any statement made by Obama after Bergdahl’s rescue, Earnest argued, was to emphasize that as commander-in-chief he would not leave any American soldiers behind on the battlefield.