Congressman Ted Yoho

Representing the 3rd District of Florida
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Yoho airs concerns on Guantanamo prisoner release

Jun 3, 2014
In The News

Congressman Ted Yoho disagrees with the prisoner swap of 5 Afghan detainees in Guantanamo for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
 

"It's the policy of the United States of America. We don't negotiate with terrorists."

Congressman Yoho says the decision to release the detainees in exchange for a soldier the U.S. military says walked away from his post in Afghanistan was poor leadership. He also believes it sets a bad precedent.
 

"Our enemies don't fear or respect us and I think respect is the most important part here."

Yoho warns it could heighten the risk of other Americans being snatched as bargaining chips. He tells WOKV he's also concerned it sends mixed signals to U.S. allies, he fears some will lose trust in the United States.

 

The White House defended the decision to not give Congress a heads up, saying it was "the right thing to do." White House Spokesman Jay Carney said, "It was the judgment of the team and the president that there was enough urgency here to ensure that Sergeant Bergdahl was safely recovered that a 30-day window of hoping that that opportunity remained open was not an option."