Republican presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpMatt Schlapp op-ed: Challenges, controversy won't stop CPAC 2017 Anti-Trump protests swell outside Parliament during debate on official visit What Trump can learn from Reagan on Presidents' Day MORE on Thursday said that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl would have been executed for leaving his post in Afghanistan in the past.
Trump made the comments at a rally in Las Vegas at the Treasure Island casino.
The U.S. recovered Bergdahl last year from the Taliban in a secret swap for five senior Taliban commanders held at Guantánamo Bay. The move broke a law requiring the White House to notify members of Congress before any detainee transfers, according to the Government Accountability Office.
Trump has long criticized that deal.
Bergdahl was charged with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy in March, and the Army conducted a hearing on his case last month.
There is a recommendation on whether Bergdahl will face a court martial, but it has not been released to the public yet.