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Trump announces American freed from captivity in Yemen

By The News · 28 of February 2019 14:12:48
AP Photo, Donald Trump, No available, President Donald Trump waves as he boards Air Force One for a trip to Vietnam to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, in Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

President Donald Trump is announcing that American Danny Burch has been freed after 18 months of captivity in Yemen.

Trump is thanking the United Arab Emirates for its role in reuniting Burch with his family.

The president says: “Danny’s recovery reflects the best of what the United States and its partners can accomplish.”

Trump says that freeing Americans held overseas “is a priority of my administration” adding that 20 American captives have been released since his victory in the 2016 presidential election.

The White House did not provide additional details on Burch’s case, citing privacy concerns.

Yemen has been riven by a deadly civil war since 2015.