President Obama Hammered With Bergdahl Questions While In Brussels

CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – President Barack Obama faced questions Thursday about the growing scandal over the controversial prisoner swap that freed an American soldier.

“I’m never surprised by controversies that are whipped up in Washington,” Obama said.

In Brussels to meet with foreign heads of state at the G-7 summit, President Obama faced continued questions about the deal to free Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for five top Taliban officials, CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer reported.

“I make absolutely no apologies for making sure that we get back a young man to his parents and that the American people understand this is somebody’s child,” Obama said.

With lawmakers concerned about both the lack of congressional notification and the possibility the prisoners will return to the battlefield to attack American interests, the Obama administration, according to published reports, told lawmakers that speed was of the essence because the Taliban had…

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