Statement on Bergdahl Prisoner Swap
Earlier this week, the President made an extremely difficult decision to release five Taliban prisoners in exchange for an American prisoner of war. I understand the President’s decision: he took what he saw as a narrow, near-term window of opportunity to save Sgt. Bergdahl’s life. I respect his decision.
That said, I remain concerned that this action may set a dangerous precedent that could put at risk the lives of other Americans around the world, including our men and women on the front lines. This sends a message to terrorists everywhere that captive troops can be used as leverage. Already, Taliban leaders are saying that we can expect to see more kidnappings in the future.
I stand by our commitment not to leave any solider behind on the battlefield, but I think it could have been done another way.