Megyn to Pentagon Spox: Americans Think You Negotiated With Terrorists
Megyn Kelly tonight took on Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby about the news that one of the “Taliban Five” has made contact with terrorists since being freed from Guantanamo Bay.
“Can you assure the American people that these five guys do not pose any threat to the United States?” Kelly pressed.
Kirby insisted that the U.S. is working with Qatar to mitigate the threat, but Kelly questioned Kirby on how this man made contact with terrorists “if our protocols are so great.”
“Obviously, there’s a flaw in the system,” Kelly remarked.
But Kirby argued that the system in place allowed the U.S. to discover this re-engagement activity and that the assurances are working as they should.
“So we don’t shut down the opportunity for these five guys to make contact with other terrorists, we just have a system in place to know about it. But that’s a little disconcerting,” Kelly said.
“The Kelly File” host also pressed Kirby over the White House’s statements that the Taliban is an armed insurgency, not a terror group.
Kirby doubled down on those remarks, telling Kelly, “We consider them an armed insurgency […] they aren’t considered a foreign terrorist organization.”
Kirby told Kelly that the Defense Department is "fairly unapologetic" about swapping five Gitmo detainees for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. He reiterated that the U.S. does not negotiate with terrorists.
Kelly fired back, “You’re asking the American people to say, ‘This was OK because the State Department hadn’t labeled them a foreign terrorist organization even though the president of the United States and the commander-in-chief did label them a terrorist organization.'"
She continued, “The American people say, ‘Come on, you did it, you negotiated with terrorists, just admit it.’”
Watch the full interview above.