Transcript for Obama Defends Deal To Release Bowe Bergdahl
The United States is always had. They're putting. Sacred. -- And that is we don't leave. Are men or women in uniform behind. And that dates back to the earliest days of our revolution. We have consulted with congress. For quite some time about the possibility. That we might need to. Execute a prisoner exchange in order to recover -- -- We saw an opportunity. We were concerned about sort of -- -- help. We had the cooperation of the targets. Two -- securities and exchange. And we season that opportune. And the process was truncated. Because we want to make sure that we did not miss that -- -- respect to the circumstances of he's -- bird dolls. Captured by the collar -- We obviously have not been interrogating sort of -- all he is recovering from five years of captivity. What it's all about. He's having -- undergo a whole battery. Tests and he is gonna have to undergo. A significant transition. Back in the life he has not even. Met with his family. Which indicates -- -- -- degree to which would take this transition process seriously something that we learned. From the Vietnam era. But let me just make -- -- very simple point here and that is. Regardless of the circumstances whatever those circumstances -- Turn out to -- We still get. An American soldier back to yourself -- it. Period. Full stop. We don't condition that. It. And that's what Hillary mom and dad who sees. A a son or daughter sent over in the war -- should expect from. Not just their commander in chief but. United States of America. In terms. Potential threats. The release. We. The taller bond -- being held in Guantanamo. Was conditioned on the Qatar is keeping eyes on them. And creating a structure in which we can monitor their activities. We will be keeping eyes on -- Is there the possibility. Of some of them trying to return troops. Activities that are detrimental to us absolutely that's been true. All of prisoners that were released from one -- there's a certain recidivism rate that takes place. I wouldn't be doing it if I thought that it was contrary to. American national security and we have confidence that. We will. Be in a position to go after them. If in fact. They are engaging in activities that threaten our defenses. This is what happens at the end -- -- action that was true for George Washington that was true for. Abraham Lincoln that was true for FDR that's been true. Every. Combat situation. That at some point you make sure that you try to get your folks back. And that's the right thing to do it. But that's not something that he. We're discussing at this point because our main priority is making sure that. The transition -- the he's undergoing after five years. Is success.
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