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Obama: No apology for Bergdahl prisoner exchange

US President Barack Obam(R) British Prime Minister David Camerhold joint press conference during G7 Summit European Council Brussels June 5

US President Barack Obama (R) and British Prime Minister David Cameron hold a joint press conference during the G7 Summit at the European Council in Brussels, on June 5, 2014. Leaders of the Group of Seven industrialised nations head from a two-day summit in Brussels to Paris before travelling to D-Day commemorations in Normandy on June 6 where they will rub shoulders with the Russian leader. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEBSAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

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BRUSSELS — President Barack Obama says he makes no apology for seeking the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from the Taliban in a prisoner exchange that has caused a furor in the United States and has followed the president on his European trip this week.

Obama says the U.S. has a basic principle of not leaving any service man or woman behind and said Bergdahl’s health had been deteriorating. He says, quote, “we were deeply concerned about it.”

Obama spoke during a joint news conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron in Brussels.

Bergdahl was released following a deal between the U.S. and the Taliban that was brokered by Qatar. Five Taliban detainees held in Guantanamo were released as part of the exchange. Republicans and Democrats have objected to the swap.

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