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John McCain: Decision To Bring Bergdahl Home "Ill-Founded, A Mistake"

The Arizona senator said the deal would put more American lives at risk.

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Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain called the swap deal for American prisoner of war Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl "ill-founded" and "a mistake," speaking at a press conference Tuesday.

McCain, a former POW himself who spent five and a half years as a captive in North Vietnam, said the deal to exchange Bergdahl for five Taliban prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay would put more American soldiers at risk.

"This decision to bring Sgt. Bergdahl home — and we applaud that he is home — is ill-founded ... it is a mistake, and it is putting the lives of American servicemen and women at risk. And that to me is unacceptable."

Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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