MSNBC's Joe Scarborough got in a heated debate with colleague Chuck Todd Thursday morning over whether the father of recently released POW Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl should be subject to criticism over his actions. Scarborough criticized the Obama administration for including Bob Bergdahl in a Rose Garden announcement on Saturday to announce the release of Bowe in exchange for five Taliban officials who had been detained at Guantanamo Bay.

“Joe, Joe, let's not. Don’t criticize the parents,” Todd replied. “Don’t criticize the parents in here."

"I can criticize parents that have reached out to the Taliban," Scarborough said.

"That are missing a child?" Todd said.

"If my son is out on the wire, and he is out there with fellow troops, and he writes me up and says he hates America and he's thinking about deserting and he's thinking about leaving his post, I can tell you as a father of that 26-year-old or 23-year-old son, I'd say, 'Joey, you stay the hell right there.' I'd call his commander. I would say, 'Get my son, he is not well. Get him to a military base in Germany.' I would not say, 'Follow your conscience son.' I would not reach out to the voice of jihad," Scarborough replied.

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