President Obama, facing rising bipartisan criticism over his handling of the Taliban-for-Bergdahl prisoner swap, dug in his heels Thursday and declared he would make “absolutely no apologies” for bringing an American soldier home — as his administration stepped up its defense of the controversial deal.
The president fielded a question on the Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl controversy during a press conference on Thursday in Brussels, Belgium, alongside British Prime Minister David Cameron. Amid signals that the administration plans to aggressively challenge critics of the deal, the president brushed off the pushback as business as usual in Washington.
“I’m never surprised by controversies that are whipped up in Washington. That’s par for the course,” Obama said.