'I Don't Like the Implication': Hagel Confronted on Why Bergdahl Has Not Returned to U.S.
At a House hearing this morning, Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL) challenged Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on why Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has still not returned to the United States. Hagel maintained that Bergdahl first needs to be released by doctors from the Army's Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany before officials can interview him.
Miller pushed back on why U.S. officials have not gone to Germany to talk to Bergdahl.
"I don't know how much medical training you had Mr. Congressman, I haven't had much. What we are doing is we are allowing the doctors to make the decision," said Hagel, as Miller interrupted, arguing seriously wounded U.S. service members have returned to the United States "almost immediately after they are stabilized."
"You're trying to tell me he's being held in Landstuhl, Germany because of his medical condition?" asked Miller.
Hagel shot back that he did not like the "implication" that Bergdahl is being held there for some other reason.
"Answer it," Miller said.
"He's being held there because our medical professionals don't believe he's ready," said Hagel, who added that Bergdahl's care is not only for physical injuries.
"This guy was held for almost five years in God knows what kind of conditions. We do know some of the conditions from our intelligence community. This is not just about can he get on his feet and walk and get to a plane," said Hagel.
Watch the full exchange above.