During Wednesday morning’s House Armed Service Committee hearing with Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Democratic Rep. Adam Smith lamented the White House’s lack of consultation with Congress on major policy decisions such as the exchange of five Gitmo detainees for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
Following a Q&A with Hagel and Defense Department General Counsel Stephen Preston, Smith took his allotted time to praise Defense’s communication while bemoaning the White House handling of the situation:
Let me just say the Department of Defense, in my experience, has been very good about consulting with us and about working with this body. So it’s not really about that. The White House, on the other hand, has not been very good about keeping in touch with Congress, working with us, consulting with us on major policy issues. It’s sort of hit or miss. If we could do better at that, it would make my job a whole lot easier. If we could just trust congress a little bit and have those consultations before policy decisions are finalized, I think it would make this entire town work better than it is right now.
Watch below, via C-SPAN3:
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