Will wonders never cease, a straight up fair article about Trump from The Atlantic. Trump does it again, gets another
Via The Atlantic:
One family’s ordeal ends today with the release of Xiyue Wang, an American citizen and Princeton PhD student imprisoned in Iran on vague espionage charges since 2016—at the end of a dissertation research trip gone terribly wrong. Iran, which is currently wracked by weeks of violent protests and economically crippled under a U.S. sanctions campaign, freed him in exchange for the release of an Iranian scientist held in the United States, with Switzerland acting as the go-between.
For Donald Trump, Wang’s release is a two-fold victory: This administration has made a priority of getting U.S. hostages freed from overseas jails, and Wang is the first American citizen freed from Iran since the beginning of the Trump administration. (Nizar Zakka, a Lebanese citizen and U.S. permanent resident was freed this summer). The White House is also likely to present Wang’s release as proof its maximum pressure campaign against the Islamic Republic is working.
“The highest priority of the United States is the safety and well-being of its citizens,” Trump said in a statement. “Freeing Americans held captive is of vital importance to my Administration, and we will continue to work hard to bring home all our citizens wrongfully held captive overseas.”