President Obama said Thursday he would not apologize for trading five Taliban detainees for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who the White House says could have been killed if details had leaked before his release last weekend.
Speaking in Brussels, Obama pushed back against swelling criticism on Capitol Hill by insisting Americans should view Bergdahl as a prisoner of war, not a "political football."
"You have a couple of parents whose kid volunteered to fight in a distant land who they hadn't seen in five years and weren't sure whether they'd ever see again," Obama told reporters.
"I make absolutely no apologies for making sure that we get back a young...