Former New York Governor George Pataki criticized President Obama for taking a “victory lap in the Rose Garden” following the trade of five high-ranging Taliban commanders for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a man who was known to have possibly deserted his fellow troops at the time.

The Boston Herald reports:

Former New York Gov. George Pataki, who is mulling a run for president in 2016, blasted President Obama for his “victory lap in the Rose Garden” following the controversial decision to swap five high-value Taliban prisoners for an accused deserter.

“Not only did we release five very high up Taliban terrorists in exchange for a deserter but the president then (had) his victory lap in the Rose Garden with the parents, calling about his honorable service and promoting him — when there were grave doubts at the time,” Pataki said of the exchange last year that freed Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdhal. “What the president was thinking is beyond me.”

Pataki didn’t stop there, hinting that the President’s prisoner swap without Congressional approval was illegal.

“He also acted illegally because the law was very clear that before he could release anyone from Guantanamo he had to notify Congress in writing he was going to do that and he did not do that,” Pataki asserted.

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) announced last summer that the Obama administration broke the law by negotiating with terrorists behind the backs of Congress, which confirm Pataki’s concerns.

The report indicated that the Pentagon violated the Department of Defense Appropriations Act and the Antideficiency Act.

Pataki stated flatly that Obama’s actions were “against the U.S. national interests.”