Marco Rubio was one of the first candidates to react to the Iran-U.S. prisoner swap this morning, and he very strongly criticized President Obama for sending a message to other nations that they can get incentives for taking Americans hostage.
Since the news broke earlier, U.S. officials have confirmed the release of four Americans detained in Iran: Nosratollah Khosrawi, Pastor Saeed Abedini, Marine Amir Hekmati, and Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian. The U.S. is planning to release seven Iranian prisoners for the swap.
Rubio was asked about the swap after a campaign event in Iowa today (before official confirmation came in), and according to Time Magazine, he said, “If these reports are true, of course we’re happy for them and their families, but they should have never been there.”
He was incredibly critical of the idea of a prisoner swap, invoking Bowe Bergdahl and “other things” to say the president has “created an incentive for more governments to do this around the world.”
Rubio said he wants to see exactly “what concessions Iran gained beyond massive sanctions relief,” especially considering that the Americans being held in Iran did absolutely nothing wrong.
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