Trump: Bergdahl Verdict ‘Complete and Total Disgrace’

By NTK Staff | 11.03.2017 @2:47pm
Trump: Bergdahl Verdict ‘Complete and Total Disgrace’

President Trump tweeted his response to the verdict in the Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl case on Friday, and the president pulled no punches, calling it a “complete and total disgrace to our Country and to our Military:” The decision on Sergeant Bergdahl is a complete and total disgrace to our Country and to our Military. — […]

President Trump tweeted his response to the verdict in the Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl case on Friday, and the president pulled no punches, calling it a “complete and total disgrace to our Country and to our Military:”

A military court sentenced Bergdahl to a dishonorable discharge and loss of rank, but the deserter avoided prison time.

Bergdahl spent five years in Taliban captivity after abandoning his post in 2009. The Obama administration negotiated his release with the Taliban, setting free five convicted Taliban terrorists in return.

In the effort to find Bergdahl following his disappearance, several U.S. soldiers engaged the enemy and suffered severe wounds:

One witness, Capt. John Billings, was Bergdahl’s platoon leader in Afghanistan. Billings said the platoon searched for the then-private first class for 19 days, going without food or water.

Retired Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer James Hatch testified that he and his dog came under fire while looking for Bergdahl. He was shot in the leg, and his K-9 partner, Remco, was shot in the face and killed.

“I thought I was dead,” said Hatch, who now walks with a heavy limp after 18 surgeries. He said he was concerned because there was little time to plan the search for Bergdahl, and other soldiers knew he had willfully walked away.

Regardless of the appropriateness of the president’s comments, it’s likely that millions of Americans agree with him.

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