The mother of James Foley, the journalist brutally murdered at the hands of ISIS militants in 2014, believes the Obama administration found their attempts to free their son an “annoyance,” while President Trump makes it “more of a priority” to help captives and their families.
Diane Foley appeared with Fox News host Martha MacCallum to discuss a recent story involving Xiyue Wang, a Princeton graduate student and American citizen imprisoned in Iran.
Mrs. Foley spoke of her own experience in trying to free James, who was savagely beheaded by his captors.
She had previously expressed her belief that the families’ attempts to free her son were viewed as an “annoyance to the U.S. government.”
“I think our efforts to get Jim freed were an annoyance” to the Obama administration, Foley told CNN’s Anderson Cooper in a 2014 interview. “It didn’t seem to be in (U.S.) strategic interest, if you will.”
She even went so far as to say government officials threatened the family if they tried to raise money to pay ransom for her son.
— Joel Simon (@Joelcpj) September 12, 2014
Foley seems to indicate that families of hostages or prisoners in other countries will be prioritized in a better manner under President Trump than they were under Obama.
“Tell me how it feels different from the Obama administration to the Trump administration,” Maccallum asked.
“The Trump administration seems to consider this much more of a priority so I’m incredibly hopeful about that,” she said.
“This administration is more willing to actually hear our voice,” Foley added.
Since 0bama did jack shit for hostages, I hope Trump gets better results. So far Diane Foley, mother of James Foley, says they feel more like a priority than with 0bama. #TheStory
— Alissa (@SBSportsDiva) March 28, 2018
By contrast, President Obama was highly criticized for a press conference he gave regarding James Foley, where he denounced ISIS terrorists for his murder, but then within minutes was seen yucking it up on the golf course.
It was essetnially proof that he considered this hostage in particular to be an “annoyance.”
Even the friendly New York Times called Obama’s actions “a callous indifference to the slaughter.”
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