Boehner: Taliban Deal Has 'Made Americans Less Safe'

By Susan Jones | June 10, 2014 | 10:39 AM EDT

House Speaker John Boehner (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

( - The Obama administration's deal to swap Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban detainees has "made Americans less safe," House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said at a Tuesday morning news conference.

"Listen, we're glad that Bergdahl is back, but the biggest issue here is the violation of a policy that the United States has had for many, many years that we don't negotiate with terrorists.

"The fact is that we have violated that policy, and as a result, we have made Americans less safe, here and all around the world. And we're going to pay for this. There is not any doubt in my mind there is going to be lost lives associated with what came out of this."

Boehner said he was never given advance word about the "5-to-1 swap," although there was a discussion "several years ago" about efforts to get Bergdahl back.

However, in the months before Osama bin Laden was killed in Pakistan, Boehner said he was briefed by the administration "multiple times."

"So this idea that they couldn't trust us to not leak things is just not true," he said.

Boehner began the news conference by accusing Democrats of "sitting on their hands" instead of passing any of the jobs bills sent over by the Republican-led house.

"You know, the president earlier this year promised a year of action, but now that the year's almost half over, Americans are still asking the question: 'Where are the jobs?'"

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