Obama defends deal with Taliban to free US soldier

US President Barack Obama (R) and Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski meet with US and Polish airmen in a hangar at Warsaw Chopin Airport, Poland, on June 3, 2014President Barack Obama Tuesday defended a prisoner swap with the Taliban to free an American soldier, saying his “sacred” trust as commander-in-chief outweighed claims he broke the law and set a dangerous precedent. Obama is facing rising questions about the deal to secure the release of US Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl after five years, in return for the transfer of five Taliban prisoners from the “war on terror” prison at Guantanamo Bay. At a press conference in Poland, Obama was unrepentant, as the White House issued a new legal justification for his action. “The United States has always had a pretty sacred rule.

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