WASHINGTON D.C. - Republican Congressman Ron DeSantis from St. Augustine says the deal for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl replenishes the senior leadership of the Taliban, a group that U.S. is still fighting in a war.
“I just don’t see how you can say it’s good for national security,” DeSantis tells WOKV in an exclusive interview.
DeSantis served at Guantanamo Bay while he was in active duty in the Navy during the Bush Administration. He says the five prisoners just released are “very high-level and skilled Taliban commanders.”
“They are ruthless,” he says. “They are dedicated to the cause of Islamic Jihad. The probability that they return to waging Jihad, I think, is very very high.”
DeSantis says there was never a question about freeing Bergdahl, but he doesn’t believe national security should have been compromised.
“I think that a lot of people now look at how America will act, and I think that they now have a different calculation about what they can get away with when they’re dealing with us,” DeSantis says.
President Obama has come under national criticism for failing to notify Congress at least 30 days prior to the prisoner swap, as per law. Many argue that the law is unconstitutional and doesn’t work in all situations.
“And that may be the right way to look at it,” DeSantis says. “But the problem is Obama signed the law that had this restriction in it. And so if he thought it was unconstitutional, then he should have vetoed the bill and sent it back to Congress. He didn’t.”