Perry Wonders If Obama Released Bergdahl To Distract From VA Scandal

June 4, 2014 5:10 p.m.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) said he has caught onto President Obama’s sneaky tactic of igniting a new scandal in order to distract from an older one.

On Tuesday Perry suggested that Obama negotiated for the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in order to distract from the Veterans Affairs scandal.

“Here’s the bigger concern for me, and I really would like for somebody to take a look at this and answer it — was this done to take the VA off the front page of the newspapers? An absolute debacle that we’ve seen this administration not taking care of the men and women of our military, and this kind of happened all of a sudden it seems like,” Perry said on Fox News’ “Hannity.”

Perry referenced statements by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), claiming that Obama broke the law by not consulting Congress before releasing five Guantanamo Bay detainees.

The governor then bashed Obama’s foreign policy approach in general.

“What is the foreign policy that’s going into place here? Is it just haphazard?” Perry asked. “Is it just, whatever we need to do to move a press story a day to get something off the front page of the papers? I don’t know. But, it’s really troubling.”

Various right-wing pundits have already suggested that the Bergdahl prisoner swap was a distraction from the scandal surrounding the Phoenix VA hospital.

Watch the clip via the Huffington Post:

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