Rep. King: Obama Didn't Want to Hear Opposition to Bergdahl Exchange
Republicans and some Democrats in Congress are upset over the Obama administration’s decision to swap five Taliban leaders for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl without notifying them. The president is required by law to give Congress at least 30 days’ notice prior to releasing Gitmo detainees.
Rep. Peter King (R-NY) went ‘On The Record’ with his reaction to the decision. He told Greta Van Susteren, “I don’t know of any president – and I’ve been in Congress for 22 years now – who at a moment involving national security did not contact the House leadership and the Senate leadership.”
King said the only explanation he has as to why President Obama didn’t consult with Congress is because he didn’t want to hear any opposition.
The five prisoners were released to the government of Qatar, which King said he has no faith in.
“The fact is that they play both sides. To think we are going to entrust the American security of the troops in Afghanistan to Qatar monitoring the activities of these five terrorists is beyond me,” he said.
The congressman said the U.S. government must assume that the Taliban leaders will be back on the battlefield, advising the Taliban and/or raising money for ammunition to kill American soldiers.