Today has been a busy day for President Trump. However, passing his first major piece of legislature is by no means the only outcome of his first year as president. Over the past 10 months, the State Department has quietly seen some impressive diplomatic wins-in the form of imprisoned Americans being allowed to return home.
“Immediately after President Trump took office, he told Secretary [of State Rex] Tillerson to prioritize bringing home Americans who’ve been wrongfully detained or held hostage in foreign countries,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told Fox News in an email. “We are proud that we’ve been able to secure the release of several Americans as a result of U.S. diplomatic efforts.”
Some of those freed this year include;
Otto Warmbier, A 22 year old American student who died shortly after returning home. He had been sentenced to fifteen years of hard labor in North Korea for attempting to remove a poster from his hotel.
Caitlan Coleman and Joshua Boyle, the pair were kidnapped in 2012. Held in captivity, the two had three children before being rescued.
Sabrina De Sousa, a former CIA agent who won a last minute reprive before being extradited from Portugal to Italy.
While there has been tremendous success in securing the freedom of Americans, the work is not over. There are at least ten other US citizens who remain wrongly detained abroad.