Christie condemns prisoner swap
These Republican candidates criticizing the release of American prisoners are coming off like partisan hacks.
On Saturday, Republicans said that Obama should not have given up Iranian prisoners because it made the United States look weak and that the U.S. prisoners should have been released without condition.
Shortly after the exchange was announced, [Marco] Rubio said that while he was happy the Americans were coming home, the release would only encourage U.S. enemies to take more hostages abroad.
“They shouldn’t have been in jail. I just saw Jason’s brother on Tuesday night at the state of the Union. He’s never been in jail, he did nothing wrong,” Rubio told The Guardian’s Sabrina Siddiqui. “Governments are taking Americans hostage because they believe they can gain concessions from this government under Barack Obama. It’s an incentive for more people to do this in the future.”
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who has also spoken critically of the Iran deal, similarly said that the United States should not have had to make any concessions to get the Americans released.
“We shouldn’t have to swap prisoners, these folks were taken illegally in violation of international law and they should have been released without condition,” Christie told WHOTV in Iowa. “But you know, the Iranians have treated this president with disrespect for years and he continues to take it. I would not take it as president.”