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Sen. Blunt: Bergdahl Deal Was a Huge Mistake

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WASHINGTON (KMOX) - A huge mistakethat’s what Missouri’s Republican senator is saying about the deal that brought freedom to US POW Bowe Bergdahl.

Sen. Roy Blunt says the trade puts Americans at a greater risk around the world.

“Because of the message we sent by saying, ‘We’re willing to bargain for hostages’ rather than ‘We’re willing to do anything it takes to try our best to get them back,’ and that very well could involve a bad end for those who’d taken them, as opposed to a reward,” Blunt says.

Blunt says his argument isn’t about bringing an American home, but about dealing with terrorists.

He says the President needs to make sure terrorists know that the deal does not change the U.S.’s long-standing policy of not negotiating with those who take hostages.

“The legitimate question here is, he should be sending a message that we did this, but this is obviously not seen by the Congress of the United States as business as usual,” he says.

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