Bolton: Trump Doesn’t Leave Hostages Behind

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By John Bolton, National Security Advisor to the President

President Donald J. Trump has invested tremendous time and energy into bringing home Americans held hostage or unjustly detained abroad. In the short time he has been in office, 17 Americans have been freed – including the recent return of Joshua Holt from Venezuela.

This week, the Administration took another important step forward to ensure that we are using every appropriate resource to secure the safe return of United States nationals held hostage abroad by announcing the appointment of Robert C. O’Brien to the position of Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs (SPEHA). Mr. O’Brien will focus on leading our efforts with other countries to bring our people home by coordinating diplomatic engagements and working with the highest levels of foreign governments to secure the safe recovery of United States hostages.

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Mr. O’Brien is uniquely qualified to serve in this position given his extensive commitment to public service and his background in law and security. He served as the Co-Chairman of the Department of State Public-Private Partnership of Justice Reform in Afghanistan from 2007-2011. He also served as a presidentially appointed member of the United States Cultural Property Advisory Committee. And in 2005, Mr. O’Brien served as a United States Representative to the United Nations General Assembly, where I had the pleasure to work with him.

As our special envoy, Mr. O’Brien will work closely with the Hostage Recovery Fusion Cell (HRFC) to synchronize diplomatic efforts and bring home safely United States nationals held hostage. Among his first priorities, Mr. O‘Brien will ensure structured and consistent coordination with the HRFC and the White House-chaired Hostage Response Group, which coordinates interagency actions.

Perhaps most importantly, Mr. O’Brien, in coordination with the HRFC, will maintain a collaborative dialogue with the families of current hostages regarding diplomatic recovery efforts for their loved ones.

Shared from Whitehouse.gov

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Ingrid Forsberg
Ingrid Forsberg
2 years ago

Finally, a POTUS who sticks up for America & Americans. Perhaps POTUS is saying, “Set my people free!” I’m wearing my MAGA hat!

gary nelson
gary nelson
2 years ago

Amen someone who stands his ground with liars and crooks like democrats

Dianna
2 years ago

God bless President Trump! Thank you JESUS for giving us Donald Trump to lead us back into a country to be reckoned with! God bless America!

Larry Baker
Larry Baker
2 years ago

We do not leave our people behind and do not leave them to die at the hands of terrorists
Remember Benghazi!

Jerry Sherrod
Jerry Sherrod
2 years ago

Vote for America, vote Republican across the ticket Nov 2018 and Nov 2020

Quy Tran
Quy Tran
2 years ago

Thank God to give us President TRUMP !

zee
zee
2 years ago

John Bolton Has >>>O <<This is a ‘puny’ article Excuse for Bolton to
endorse O’Brien(good) , to cover his butt re ‘Past’.
( & try to make nice).
> i Don’t buy it John(past) & Never Will_.
> Am Not happy You Have ‘Access’ to POTUS DJT /WH/
Foreign Policy/ National Security. etc, Knowing Your Past.
> More USA PPL Need to Know & ‘Connect the dots’ . I Have.
> John, you ‘circled the wagon’ plenty of times at Mar-a-Lago,
waiting for a jobbee w/out invitation__ Until all the BS / resulting
in ‘open Positions’. ~that’s all ~

zee
zee
2 years ago
Reply to  zee

words dropped in post.
> I SAID: JB Has >>> O <<< respect from me . & etc is correct.
Thank you.

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