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Ted Cruz: I would have used military force to rescue Afghan POW Bergdahl

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Appearing with George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s This Week, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz jumped on the GOP bandwagon, criticizing Pres. Obama for his handling of the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, held by Afghan rebels for five years, saying he would have used military force instead.

Saying that, while he “celebrated” the return of Bergdahl, Cruz claimed to find the terms of the deal “very troubling.”

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Asked why by Stephanopoulos, Cruz spoke of the cost of capturing the five Guantanamo Bay prisoners traded in the deal.

“How many soldiers lost their lives to capture those five Taliban terrorists that we just released?” Cruz said.

Pressed by Stephanopolous  as to what he would have done differently, Cruz said he wouldn’t deal with terrorists.

“I do not think the way to deal with terrorists is through releasing other violent terrorists. I mean…” Cruz said before being interrupted by Stephanopolous.

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“But what if that’s the only way to get Bergdahl home?” the host asked.

“It’s not the only way. We can go in and use military force, as needed, to rescue our fallen compatriots. But, look, Sergeant Bergdahl was fighting to capture these terrorists,” Cruz replied. “Can you imagine what he would say to his fallen comrades who lost their lives to stop these people who were responsible, either directly or indirectly, for threatening or taking U.S. civilian lives.”

Bergdahl had been held by Afghan rebels for five years and presumably the Pentagon had considered alternative methods to retrieve him.

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Michael Moore predicts Mick Mulvaney will get into Heaven after confessing Trump’s quid pro quo

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Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore predicted acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney will ascend to Heaven in the afterlife during a Friday interview on MSNBC's "The Beat" with Ari Melber.

The host played a clip of Mulvaney admitting Trump's quid pro quo while seeking foreign election assistance from Ukraine.

"This man obviously is going to be admitted into Heaven," Moore said. "You know, he told the truth."

"If there was a movie version of this, somebody stuck him with a needle just before he walked out onto the stage there, a truth serum needle, and he just went on and on saying, 'Yeah, that’s what we do. Yeah, of course.' Essentially admitting there is a quid pro quo. In fact, there are many quid pro quos."

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Trump campaign has 12-person ‘War Room’ toiling to fight the impeachment inquiry: report

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While the White House has bragged about refusing to start a "war room" to deal with the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump's administration, his campaign is footing the bill for a 12-person operation, the LA Times reported Friday.

“Some of you have criticized us for not having a war room — OK? — which we don’t by the way,” acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney told reporters.

“You don’t have a war room when you haven’t done anything wrong," he added.

By that logic, Trump's 2020 re-election campaign may fear the president did something wrong.

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‘I don’t think he knows what he’s doing’: Ex-Trump advisor rips the ‘cascading crisis’ of his ‘strategic disaster’

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President Donald Trump received harsh criticism from a former top Middle East advisor for the ethnic cleansing campaign Turkey is waging against the Kurds in Syria.

MSNBC's Chuck Todd interviewed Brett McGurk, the former special presidential envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL.

"The truth of the matter is when President Trump announced to the world last December that we were leaving Syria and he arbitrarily cut our force reportedly in half, which is already a small force, we lost all of our leverage and influence," McGurk argued. "And he really threw it out the window on this call on October 6th."

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