Kinzinger: 'We Won't Leave Troops Behind If They Don't Leave Their Country Behind'
A closed-door briefing is set for today on Capitol Hill as lawmakers seek more information about the controversial Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl prisoner exchange. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) will be attending the meeting and joined Fox and Friends this morning to detail some of the questions he wants answered.
Kinzinger, an Air Force veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, said he wants to know why it was important to release these five Taliban leaders in exchange for a soldier who is said to have deserted. Kinzinger also wants to know why the swap was made over the objections of the intelligence community.
Having gone through military survival training, Kinzinger said he developed a different understanding of the "leave no one behind" motto that the White House keeps talking about in defense of the trade.
"It was pretty much an understanding that, as long as you don't leave your country behind, your country will never leave you behind." Kinzinger then called out the Obama administration for making decisions as if the war on terror is ending.
He expressed concern about the risk posed by the five Taliban leaders once they leave Qatar and presumably return to the fight.
"They're going to go back with legendary status as the survivors of Gitmo and they're gonna lead troops into combat against American troops, yes, but also against the Afghan people," said Kinzinger.
Watch the full interview above.