White House avoids bundlers in recent round of ambassador nominations
June 5th, 2014
03:34 PM ET
5 years ago

White House avoids bundlers in recent round of ambassador nominations

Washington (CNN) - Move along, nothing to see here.

That's the message President Barack Obama and his administration are sending with its most recent ambassadorial nominations after facing scrutiny from Republicans and Democrats over the questionable credentials of some recent picks to represent the United States abroad.

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Filed under: Ireland • Obama administration • White House
Bob Gates was ‘very uncomfortable’ with prisoner swap idea in 2011
June 5th, 2014
01:15 PM ET
5 years ago

Bob Gates was ‘very uncomfortable’ with prisoner swap idea in 2011

(CNN) – Then-Secretary of Defense Bob Gates was “very uncomfortable” with the idea of a Guantanamo prisoner swap for Bowe Bergdahl when it was raised in 2011, a former senior Defense Department official familiar with Gates’ thinking told CNN.

The “fundamental discussion,” the source said, “was over the notion of negotiating with terrorists and hostage takers.” It was a position, the source confirmed, that was shared by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and then-CIA Director Leon Panetta-a powerful triumvirate.
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Filed under: Afghanistan • Leon Panetta • Robert Gates
June 5th, 2014
08:46 AM ET
5 years ago

Bergdahl backlash surprises White House

Updated 10:35 a.m. ET, 6/5/2014

Brussels, Belgium (CNN) - White House officials expected controversy when the deal was announced to free Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for the release of five Taliban detainees from the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Despite the feel-good moment in the White House Rose Garden featuring President Obama and Bergdahl's beaming parents last Saturday, the five-for-one trade was sure to create an uproar, a White House official acknowledged.

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Filed under: Bowe Bergdahl • President Obama
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