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President Obama told Brian Williams of NBC News, “You don’t do prisoner exchanges with your friends, you do ‘em with your enemies. It’s important for us to recognize that the transition process of ending a war is going to involve, on occasion, releasing folks who we may not trust but we can’t convict.” The deal that won the release of Bergdahl after five years in captivity in exchange for five high-level Taliban detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba has sparked bipartisan outcry from Congress.



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