The President of the United States, Donald Trump, on Saturday commended the country ’s Special Operations soldiers who rescued 27 – year- old American , Philip Watson , kidnapped in Niger for ransom.
Trump, via his Twitter handle , @ realDonaldTrump , stated that the US saluted the courage of the soldiers for the operation .
He tweeted , “ Last night, our country ’ s brave warriors rescued an American hostage in Nigeria. Our nation salutes the courageous soldiers behind the daring nighttime rescue operation and celebrates the safe return of yet another American citizen . ”
Similarly , the US Secretary of State , Mike Pompeo , in a statement titled , ‘ US Rescues American Held Hostage in Nigeria, ’ noted that the US was committed to the safe return of the country ’ s citizens taken captive.
It added , “ We delivered on that commitment late last night in Nigeria, where some of our bravest and most skilled warriors rescued a US citizen after a group of armed men took him hostage across the border in Niger .
“ Thanks to the extraordinary courage and capabilities of our military , the support of our intelligence professionals , and our diplomatic efforts , the hostage will be reunited with his family . We will never abandon any American taken hostage. ’’