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CNN Host Grills McCain on Why He Doesn’t Support Bergdahl Deal After He Previously Said He’d Be ‘Inclined to Support’ Idea of ‘An Exchange for Prisoners’

"So you sound supportive. Inclined to support such a thing depending on some of the details."

CNN host Jake Tapper grilled Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) Thursday. (Image source: Screen grab via CNN)

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) was grilled on CNN Thursday, with "The Lead" host Jake Tapper asking him why he doesn't support the deal made to bring Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl home when he had previously said he would be "inclined to support" the idea of "an exchange for prisoners."

"So you sound supportive. Inclined to support such a thing depending on some of the details," Tapper said to McCain.

"Yes and the details are outrageous," McCain responded. "The details are that they went to Qatar, where the Taliban has an office and in a year they’re going to be out. And that the deal is, like any other agreement, it’s as I said, it’s in the details."

CNN host Jake Tapper grilled Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) Thursday. (Image source: Screen grab via CNN) CNN host Jake Tapper grilled Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) Thursday. (Image source: Screen grab via CNN)

"And so for — I mean, it’s just totally unacceptable," the longtime senator continued. "These people would be back in the fight. Our troops will still be there and I — it’s like any other — I have — I support a lot of agreements. I support an agreement with Iran on nuclear situation, but I certainly would want to know the details."

"So, if given this choice, if you were in the White House or they’d come to you and given you the decision and said, 'We’re concerned about Bergdahl. This is our chance. Five Taliban for him.' You would say no?" Tapper asked.

"Absolutely I would," McCain answered.

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