Trump: Decision To Not Send Bergdahl To Jail A ‘Total Disgrace’

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President Donald Trump weighed in on a military judge’s decision not to send Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to prison Friday.

Bergdahl, a deserter who was captured by terrorists, will receive a demotion, dishonorable discharge, and a fine but no prison time for the act abandoning his post in Afghanistan and endangering the lives of his comrades, several of which were killed because of his actions. This sentence did not sit well with the president, who has repeatedly criticized Bergdahl for his behavior on the battlefield.

Trump has long been a critic of Bergdahl, who the president suggested two years ago should receive the death penalty for his actions.

Bergdahl spent five years in captivity with the Taliban-aligned Haqqani network. The Obama administration agreed to an exchange of terrorists for Bergdahl’s return.

While Bergdahl crimes carry a potential sentence of life in prison, the defense argued that the abuse he suffered at the hands of the Taliban, harsh criticism by President Donald Trump, and diagnosed mental disorders should be taken into consideration, and the judge agreed. Prosecutors, however, argued that Bergdahl should be sent to prison for at least 14 years.

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