Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is expressing gratitude for the release of American prisoners by Iran, but says it never should've gotten to this point. 

The former Arkansas governor tells Fox News' "Fox & Friends" that the government basically paid a ransom for the prisoners with the way they struck a deal. Huckabee adds that the deal the U.S. struck adds incentive for countries like Iran to hold Americans hostage on phony charges.  He says it'll be easy for countries to demand something in return and to get it and that "nothing good comes from how the U.S. handled the Iran hostages."