President Barack Obama defended his decision to exchange five senior Taliban figures for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, saying "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."
Speaking with NBC's Brian Williams in Normandy, France, Obama justified the move that set off a political firestorm, saying, "When somebody wears our country's uniform and they're in a war theater and they're captured, we're gonna do everything we can to bring 'em home," adding, "We had to act fast in a delicate situation that required no publicity."
Bergdahl, 28, was released following negotiations mediated by the government of Qatar. He had been held by the Taliban in Afghanistan since June 2009.
Obama responded to those critical of what some have called "negotiating with terrorists," arguing, "you don't do prisoner exchanges with your friends, you do 'em with your enemies."
Obama was in Normandy, France with other world leaders to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day.
In the interview with Williams, Obama also remarked on Edward Snowden, Russian President Vladmir Putin, his grandfather's service in the Army, and his views of the U.S. role in the world. See NBC's report on the interview here.
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