Iran frees hostage in prisoner exchange: ‘Another American coming home’ thanks to Trump admin

(Princeton University)

The Trump administration has performed its first-ever prisoner exchange.

Except that instead of following former President Barack Hussein Obama’s lead and releasing five terrorists in exchange for a traitor and terrorist sympathizer, President Donald Trump has pursued a more sensible route.

“[T]he United States freed Masoud Soleimani, an Iranian scientist who was arrested at a Chicago airport last year and was convicted on charges of violating American trade sanctions against Iran,” The New York Times has confirmed.

“American officials said that Mr. Soleimani’s release was a low price to pay for Mr. Wang’s freedom because Mr. Soleimani was expected to be released from prison as early as next month under a plea agreement.”

Unlike the five senior Afghan Taliban members who were freed by Obama five years ago in exchange for “dirty rotten traitor” Bowe Bergdahl, Soleimani, the freed Iranian, is clearly not a threat.

And unlike Bergdahl, who’s thanked America for its efforts to secure his release by trashing the country and its military, the American graduate student who’s been released by the Iranians isn’t a scumbag.

“The American, Xiyue Wang, … 38, was a fourth-year Princeton University graduate student conducting research in Iran when he was arrested there in August 2016,” the Times notes. “He was charged with espionage and sentenced to 10 years in prison. United States officials deny that Mr. Wang, who had been locked in Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison, was a spy.”

Both the president and his Iranian counterparts have expressed gratitude to the Swedish government for their part in making this successful prisoner swap happen.

“We thank our Swiss partners for their assistance in negotiating Mr. Wang’s release with Iran,” the president said in a statement.

“The highest priority of the United States is the safety and well-being of its citizens. 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.”

“Glad that Professor Massoud Soleimani and Mr. Xiyue Wang will be joining their families shortly. Many thanks to all engaged, particularly the Swiss government,” Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, a man not known for any sort of kindness, added in his own statement.

Over here in the states, meanwhile, thanks are being directed at the Trump administration and its two top honchos, the president and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.


Pompeo has promised that efforts to secure the release of other imprisoned Americans remains ongoing and will not cease.

Of course, the Trump has already “done a lot to free Americans imprisoned abroad,”as noted last year by a columnist with The Washington Post, a paper whose columnists are not known for praising the president.

“[T]he president deserves some credit: He and his aides have tried harder than their predecessors to rescue innocent U.S. citizens jailed by foreign dictators,” the Post’s deputy edietorial page editor, Jackson Diehl, wrote.

“For example, the White House used Trump’s summit meeting with Kim Jong Un as leverage to extract the prisoners Pyongyang was holding. That remains the most meaningful concession the regime has made.”


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