An American hostage and her family are coming home!
Caitlan Coleman, her Canadian husband Joshua Boyle, and their three young children all born in captivity, have been rescued from a Taliban-linked group in Pakistan.
President Trump just issued a statement on the release, saying “today they are free.”
The President also praised Pakistan’s cooperation in helping to secure the family’s release saying their actions are “a sign that it is honoring America’s wishes for it to do more to provide security on the region.”
Trump statement celebrating Caitlan Coleman and family release pic.twitter.com/c6mbLdcTMW
— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) October 12, 2017
The family was kidnapped in 2012 when the Haqqani network, a Taliban faction, took them captive as they were backpacking in Afghanistan.
Coleman, four years later, pleaded with then-President Barack Obama to secure their release, urging him in a video, “Please don’t become the next Jimmy Carter.”
She was apparently referring to repeated failed attempts by Carter to rescue American hostages held in Iran.
“We have waited since 2012 for somebody to understand our problems,” she said.
In December of 2016, ABC News reported that the parents of the American hostage were “pinning their hopes for release on President-elect Trump.”
We are “praying President-elect Donald Trump’s dealmaking expertise will win their loved ones’ freedom if President Barack Obama doesn’t succeed before he leaves office next month,” they said.
Caitlan Coleman begged Pres Obama to get her & her family released from the Taliban
President Trump got them released pic.twitter.com/yPbyGW0I4F
— Citizen Dale (@Trumptbird) October 12, 2017
Now, just like the Carter/Iran situation in which the hostages were freed shortly after Ronald Reagan took office, President Trump has helped secure Coleman, Boyle, and their children’s release.
During Wednesday night’s speech in Pennsylvania, Trump alluded to the big announcement, saying a country that didn’t respect us during the Obama Administration is now helping our nation.
“Something happened today, where a country that totally disrespected us called with some very, very important news,” Trump the Pennsylvania crowd, home state of Coleman and her family.
“One of my generals came in,” the President explained. “He said, ‘You know, I have to tell you, a year ago they would’ve never done that.’ It was a great sign of respect.”
“The world is starting to respect us again,” Trump boasted, “believe me.”
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