Yesterday The Conservative Treehouse posted an article about the rescue of an American was kidnapped in Niger five days ago and taken to the neighboring country of Nigeria. Notice that the President didn’t let the man remain a hostage for very long. That sends a strong message around the world that America will take care of its people (a message that somehow got lost in the last administration).
The article includes the Pentagon Statement by Jonathan Hoffman, Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs:
“U.S. forces conducted a hostage rescue operation during the early hours of 31 October in Northern Nigeria to recover an American citizen held hostage by a group of armed men. This American citizen is safe and is now in the care of the U.S. Department of State. No U.S military personnel were injured during the operation.
We appreciate the support of our international partners in conducting this operation.
The United States will continue to protect our people and our interests anywhere in the world.” (link)
President Trump issued the following statement:
White House – Statement From the President On Last Night’s Hostage Rescue
Last night, at my direction, the United States military conducted a successful operation to rescue an American hostage in Nigeria, kidnapped just 96 hours earlier. United States Special Forces executed a daring nighttime operation to rescue their fellow American with exceptional skill, precision, and bravery.
No United States Service Members were harmed. The former hostage is currently in good health and has been reunited with his family.
Securing the freedom of Americans held in captivity abroad has been a top national security priority of my Administration. Since the beginning of my Administration, we have rescued over 55 hostages and detainees in more than 24 countries. Today’s operation should serve as a stark warning to terrorists and criminal thugs who mistakenly believe they can kidnap Americans with impunity.
The prompt rescue of this hostage illustrates what it means to put America first. It means that the American government will protect Americans around the world. That message is important and makes Americans safer both at home and abroad.