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June 6th, 2014
04:14 PM ET

Susan Rice defends Bergdahl comments, calls his service 'honorable'

Colleville-sur-Mer, FRANCE (CNN) - President Barack Obama's national security adviser said Friday that her full-throated praise ofArmy Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was appropriate given the former Taliban prisoner's willingness to go to war for his country - despite questions about whether or not he deserted his Army colleagues.

Susan Rice, who on Sunday said Bergdahl served the United States with "honor and distinction," told CNN in an interview that she was speaking about the fact the Idaho native enlisted and went to Afghanistan in the service of his country.

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