On Wednesday during the White House press briefing, ABC’s Jon Karl inquired about the Taliban and the White House’s spokesman Eric Schultz stumbled as he attempted to explain that the U.S. does not negotiate with terrorist organizations, but that negotiating with the Taliban in Afghanistan is okay because they’re an “armed insurgency.”
Karl asked if the Jordanians trading a prisoner for a hostage held by ISIS was any different than president Obama trading five high-ranking terrorists for Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl. After struggling to paint the Bergdahl swap as a means of “leaving no man behind,” Schultz responded,
“I would also point out that the Taliban is an armed insurgency and [the Islamic State] is a terrorist group. So we don’t make concessions to terrorist groups.”
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