September 19, 2019

Can Trump’s new national security adviser keep freeing hostages? Austin Tice’s family hopes so.

Featuring Loren DeJonge Schulman

Source: The Washington Post

Journalists Alex Horton, Siobhán O'Grady

One day before he named Robert C. O’Brien as his new national security adviser, President Trump praised his administration’s record on securing American hostages and prisoners abroad.

“We are 38-0 — 38-0, ask Robert,” Trump told reporters on Tuesday, referring to O’Brien, who has spent the past year as the State Department’s top hostage negotiator.

The next day, Trump appointed his hostage czar to one of the top roles in the White House, bringing a State Department official with about a year’s worth of hostage negotiation experience into a job with a wide and difficult portfolio.

While some Americans have been brought home under O’Brien’s watch, including Pastor Andrew Brunson, who was held in Turkey for two years, several others are still held abroad. They include six U.S. oil executives being detained in Venezuela and Austin Tice, a freelance journalist and Marine Corps veteran who was abducted in Syria in 2012 and is now believed to be held by the Syrian government or allied forces.

Read the full story and more in The Washington Post.

Authors

  • Loren DeJonge Schulman

    Deputy Director of Studies

    Loren DeJonge Schulman is the Deputy Director of Studies and the Leon E. Panetta Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security. Her research interests include nation...