At the White House regular daily news briefing, Principal Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz responded to a question posed by ABC’s chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl.
Karl pressed Schultz on the Obama administration’s negotiations for the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was traded for five top-level Taliban commanders in May, compared to Jordan’s negotiations with the Islamic State for the release of a downed pilot.
“You say the United States does not give in to demands…does not pay ransom,” Karl said. “How is what the Jordanians are talking about doing any different than what the United States did to get the release of Bergdahl?”
When Karl asked if he considers the Taliban a terrorist group, Shultz thought for a moment then answered.
“The Taliban is an armed insurgency,” he said.
Obama is holding strong to his declaration that the United States would never declare war on Islam, and that includes supporting known terrorists.