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2182509 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2014-06-02 13:10:36.0 UTC 2014-06-02T09:10:36.000-04:00 true rubio-deal-that-brought-home-us-solider-bergdahl-could-encourage-future published 2014-06-02 14:44:20.0 UTC 2014-06-02T10:44:20.000-04:00 Sen. Marco Rubio has joined other Republican critics of the prisoner swap that brought home Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. “The release of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl is welcome news. I join all Americans in celebrating his reunion with his family. However, I am concerned about the steps the Obama Administration took to secure his release," Rubio said in a statement over the weekend. “The release of five senior Taliban commanders to Qatar under unspecified conditions is very troubling and may endanger American lives. In the coming days the Congress must examine the circumstances under which Sergeant Bergdhal's release was achieved, and what conditions, if any, the Administration secured to ensure these enemy combatants do not return to the battlefield. “I fear that the Administration's decision to negotiate with the Taliban for Sergeant Bergdahl's release could encourage future terrorist kidnappings of Americans. I fear also that the Administration is endangering U.S. and coalition forces by releasing some of the most dangerous detainees captured in the War on Terrorism. As Americans, we never forget our brave men and women who are captured or missing in action. We also must ensure we are not further undermining U.S. national security by releasing motivated terrorists back to the battlefield.” Some of Bergdahl's fellow soliders have called him a deserter, CNN reports. The Obama administration has defended its action. "We did not have 30 days to wait," National security adviser Susan Rice said Sunday. "And had we waited and lost him, I don't think anybody would have forgiven the United States government." Sen. Ted Cruz accused the administration of breaking policy of "not negotiating with terrorists," a claim PolitiFact ruled mostly false. Alex Leary the-buzz-florida-politics true Rubio: Deal that brought home U.S. solider Bergdahl could 'encourage future terrorist kidnappings of Americans' false templatedata/tampabaytimes/BlogArticle/data/the-buzz-florida-politics/2014/06/02/1401715038-rubio-deal-that-brought-home-us-solider-bergdahl-could-encourage BlogArticle Sen. Marco Rubio has joined other Republican critics of the prisoner swap that brought home Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.Alex Leary 380991 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2012-10-25 12:38:48.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:38:48.000-04:00 alex-leary published Alex Leary <p>Alex Leary is the Washington bureau chief for the <i>Tampa Bay Times</i>. He previously worked in the <i>Times'</i> state capital bureau, and before that covered local politics, environmental issues and law enforcement. His career in journalism began at the <i>Valley News</i> in New Hampshire.</p> Times Washington Bureau Chief writers DTI 33745929 Alex Leary is the Washington bureau chief for the Tampa Bay Times. He previously worked in the Times' state capital bureau, and before that covered local politics, environmental issues and law enforcement. His career in journalism began at the Valley News in New Hampshire. <p>Phone: (202) 306-4807</p><p>Email: <a href="mailto:leary@tampabay.com">leary@tampabay.com</a> </p><p>Blog: <a href="http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics">The Buzz</a></p><p>Twitter: <a href="http://twitter.com/learyreports">@LearyReports</a></p> 1 /resources/images/dti/2016/03/AlexLeary_16859752.jpg true templatedata/tampabaytimes/AuthorProfile/data/33745929-alex-leary AuthorProfile 2012-10-25 12:38:48.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:38:48.000-04:00 2265172 2016-02-12 16:22:38.0 UTC 6 Months Ago when-marco-rubio-warned-against-targeting-immigrants-as-terrorists the-buzz-florida-politics When Marco Rubio warned against targeting immigrants as terrorists BlogArticle 2271874 2016-04-04 21:07:36.0 UTC 5 Months Ago politifact-florida-terrorists-from-groups-besides-isis-crossing-us-mexico the-buzz-florida-politics PolitiFact Florida: Terrorists from groups besides ISIS crossing U.S.-Mexico border, U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis says BlogArticle 2289753 2016-08-17 00:13:36.0 UTC 2 Weeks Ago rubio-could-campaign-soon-with-mike-pence the-buzz-florida-politics Rubio could campaign soon with Mike Pence BlogArticle <p>Sen. Marco Rubio has joined other Republican critics of the <a href="http://lifetimes.tampabay.com/news/military/us-defends-prisoner-swap-amid-criticism-wvideo/2182437">prisoner swap that brought home Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl</a>.</p> <p>“The release of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl is welcome news. I join all Americans in celebrating his reunion with his family. However, I am concerned about the steps the Obama Administration took to secure his release,&quot; Rubio said in a statement over the weekend.</p> <p>“The release of five senior Taliban commanders to Qatar under unspecified conditions is very troubling and may endanger American lives. In the coming days the Congress must examine the circumstances under which Sergeant Bergdhal's release was achieved, and what conditions, if any, the Administration secured to ensure these enemy combatants do not return to the battlefield.</p> <p>“I fear that the Administration's decision to negotiate with the Taliban for Sergeant Bergdahl's release could encourage future terrorist kidnappings of Americans. I fear also that the Administration is endangering U.S. and coalition forces by releasing some of the most dangerous detainees captured in the War on Terrorism.&nbsp; As Americans, we never forget our brave men and women who are captured or missing in action. We also must ensure we are not further undermining U.S. national security by releasing motivated terrorists back to the battlefield.”</p> <p>Some of Bergdahl's fellow soliders <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/01/us/bergdahl-deserter-or-hero/">have called him a deserter</a>, CNN reports. The Obama administration has defended its action.</p> <p>&quot;We did not have 30 days to wait,&quot; National security adviser Susan Rice said Sunday. &quot;And had we waited and lost him, I don't think anybody would have forgiven the United States government.&quot;</p> <p>Sen. Ted Cruz accused the administration of breaking policy of &quot;not negotiating with terrorists,&quot; a claim PolitiFact ruled <a href="http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2014/jun/01/ted-cruz/ted-cruz-us-policy-has-changed-now-we-make-deals-t/">mostly false</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>trueruntime2016-08-30 05:53:35