Fox News host Bill O'Reilly clashed Monday night with syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer, seemingly having trouble believing the conservative pundit's take on the controversial trade of five Taliban detainees for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
"The Factor" host opened up the segment dissenting with a New York Times editorial which argued Bergdhal should not be prosecuted for desertion.
"Truth is Sgt. Bergdahl's conduct was so dangerous, it has to be prosecuted," O'Reilly said, noting, however, that some mercy should be shown toward him.
O'Reilly then asked Krauthammer for his opinion.
“Well, it’s not a question of vengeance, it’s a question of justice,” the conservative pundit answered, before saying he believes making the trade for Bergdahl was "justified."
"I say you bring him back even though the price is very high," Krauthammer added.
"Okay, so let me get this straight. Let me get this straight," O'Reilly interjected, seemingly caught off guard by Krauthammer's position. "If you were the president of the United States, you would have traded five top Taliban commanders ... for Sgt. Bergdahl? You would have made that deal?"
Krauthammer responded noting that the Israelis have made trades for prisoners in the past.
“I would’ve made the deal, but I would’ve issued a statement saying it is with the deepest regret, this is a terrible day, this is a dark day, we had to release people who we know will go to war against us, but we have a principle, we want to bring people back if we can,” Krauthammer said, noting the Army sergeant should face trial for desertion.
O'Reilly was taken back.
“You’re desperately wrong on this,” O’Reilly said.
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