In an exclusive interview with NBC’s Brian Williams set to air Friday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC, Barack Obama doubled-down in his defense of a prisoner swap for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl going so far as to claim he’d do it, again if given the chance.
Said Obama, “When somebody wears our country’s uniform and they’re in a war theater and they’re captured,” he said, “we’re gonna do everything we can to bring ’em home. “We had to act fast in a delicate situation that required no publicity.”
In a confusing twist, he went on to seem as if he was portraying the Taliban as America’s friend. Saying the war is ending, “you don’t do prisoner exchanges with your friends, you do ’em with your enemies.”
“It’s also important for us to recognize that the transition process of ending a war is gonna involve, on occasion, releasing folks who we may not trust but we can’t convict,” added Obama.
He concluded: “This is something that I would do again, and I will continue to do wherever I have an opportunity, if I have a member of our military who’s in captivity. We’re gonna try to get ’em out.”