President Obama commuted the sentence of Chelsea Manning on Tuesday, a move that drew a backlash from both sides of the political aisle. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest went on CNN’s New Day to defend Obama’s controversial commutation Wednesday morning.
During the interview, CNN’s Chris Cuomo asked Earnest if he thought Bowe Bergdahl, the Army Sergeant who deserted his post in Afghanistan and was captured by Taliban forces, would receive a commuted sentence from outgoing President Obama.
“What I can say is that if we have news on this, then that’s news that President Obama will make,” Earnest told Cuomo.
President Obama procured Bergdahl’s release by agreeing to release five Taliban members from Guantanamo Bay prison. Upon Bergdahl’s return, Obama held a Rose Garden press conference with his parents, a move for which he was widely criticized.
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