Obama defends swap to recover U.S. soldier from Taliban

By Jeff Mason and Roberta Rampton WARSAW (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday defended the deal to get U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl out of Taliban captivity, saying questions about the circumstances of the soldier’s capture did not negate the need to bring him home. Speaking at a press conference in Poland, he also said the United States would be able to “go after” the five Taliban prisoners who were released in exchange for Bergdahl if they posed a new threat to U.S. security. “The United States has always had a pretty sacred rule, and that is we don’t leave our men or women in uniform behind,” he said. Full stop.” General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, said on Tuesday the army “will not look away from misconduct if it occurred” with regard to Bergdahl’s departure from his unit.

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