White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz refused to call the Taliban a terrorist organization. It's an "armed insurgency."
This guy speaks for Obama.
From Media Research Center:
During the daily White House press briefing on Wednesday, Deputy Spokesman Eric Schultz had an exchange with ABC News chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl where he declined to label the Taliban as a terrorist organization, instead insisting it's “an armed insurgency.”
...The exchange began when Karl pressed Schultz on whether the possible hostage/prisoner exchange between Jordan and the terrorist group ISIS was similar to what the United States did with the Taliban to secure the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
To that question, Schultz denied the comparison because it occurred “as the war in Afghanistan wound down.” Karl then continued questioning Schultz by wondering: “The Taliban is still conducting terrorist attacks, so you can't really say that the war has ended as far as they’re concerned.”
At that moment, Schultz responded with this justification that left Karl baffled: “Well, I would also point out that the Taliban is an armed insurgency. ISIL is a terrorist group, so we don't make concessions to terrorist groups.”
Seconds later, Schultz reiterated his point after Karl requested confirmation: “I don't think that the Taliban – the Taliban is an armed insurgency, this was A winding down of the war in Afghanistan and that's why this arrangement was dealt.”