Trump: American Held Hostage In Yemen For 18 Months Has Been Freed

US President Donald Trump speaks during the 2019 White House business session with governors in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, DC on February 25, 2019. (Photo by Mandel NGAN / AFP) (Ph... US President Donald Trump speaks during the 2019 White House business session with governors in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, DC on February 25, 2019. (Photo by Mandel NGAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images) MORE LESS

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.

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