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Obama makes 'no apologies' for Taliban hostage deal

US President Barack Obama looks on during a joint press conference with the British Prime Minister during the G7 Summit at the European Council in Brussels, on June 5, 2014President Barack Obama vehemently refused to apologise Thursday for doing a prisoner trade with the Taliban to free a US soldier, despite a fierce political storm over the deal in Washington. Critics, both Republican and Democratic, have asked whether the transfer of five Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo Bay for the release of US Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl was even legal, and question both the price paid and the principle of a swap. But Obama, asked about the row raging in Washington at the G7 summit in Brussels was unapologetic, repeating that he had a duty as commander-in-chief to get Bergdahl home. “I’m never surprised by the controversies that are whipped up in Washington,” Obama said.

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