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Rice: Bergdahl Did 'Very Honorable Thing'

3:00 PM, Jun 6, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
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National Security Adviser Susan Rice is sticking by her praise for Sgt. Bergdahl. Sort of. 

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When asked by CNN about her praise for Bergdahl, whom she said served the U.S. with "honor and distinction," she suggested she was talking about his decision to join the military. 

"I realize there has been lots of discussion and controversy around this," Rice tells CNN in an interview. "But what I was referring to was the fact that this was a young man who volunteered to serve his country in uniform at a time of war. That, in and of itself, is a very honorable thing."

But that's not what she said on Sunday when she spoke to ABC's This Week.

“He is going to be safely reunited with his family. He served the United States with honor and distinction. And we’ll have the opportunity eventually to learn what has transpired in the past years, but what's most important now is his health and well being, that he have the opportunity to recover in peace and security and be reunited with his family. Which is why this is such a joyous day,” Rice said Sunday. 

She also said that "Sergeant Bergdahl wasn't simply a hostage; he was an American prisoner of war captured on the battlefield." 

Soldiers who served with Bergdahl have disagreed with Rice's characterization of his service.

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