In Thursday’s Talking Points, Bill O’Reilly led off with some brand new Fox News polls citing Americans’ concern over the Taliban deal and how the fallout could prove a big blow to President Obama’s low approval ratings.

According to the latest Fox News poll, 45% of Americans approve of the prisoner swap while 47% disapprove.  However, a 57% majority are “very” concerned that making deals with terrorists will encourage other groups to take more American soldiers hostage.

Earlier today, President Obama said he will make no apologies for striking a deal with the Taliban, arguing that he had to seize the opportunity given Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s POW status and deteriorating health.

O’Reilly said the president’s supporters are defending the decision calling it a “simple prisoner of war swap that happens in every conflict,” but he believes that conclusion was fallacious.

“The Taliban is not a legitimate government or army,” O’Reilly said. “They are terrorists who torture and kill civilians. You don’t free five war criminals, even if the life of an American soldier is on the line.”

In the meantime, both Republican and Democratic leaders continue to question the administration’s justification for acting without first consulting members of Congress and Bergdahl’s hometown cancelled their celebration honoring the soldier on Wednesday.

Watch the Talking Points Memo above. 


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