In a post on Truth Social on Saturday, Former President Donald Trump stated that a lack of U.S. citizens among the 17 hostages freed by the Hamas terror group in its latest release shows no respect for America under Joe Biden.
“Has anybody noticed that Hamas has returned people from other countries but, so far, has not returned one American hostage? There is only one reason for that: no respect for our country or our leadership. This is a very sad and dark period of America!” President Trump wrote.
Israeli forces have confirmed that 17 hostages (13 Israelis and 4 Thai abductees) were released by Hamas on Saturday as part of a second batch of liberated captives, with no Americans among them.
Hamas released two U.S. citizens on Oct. 20, but no Americans have been freed since. According to United States intelligence, there are approximately ten Americans among the hostages still held by the Hamas terror group, which took captives when it raided Israeli settlements on Oct. 7 and brutally massacred over 1,000 people.
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Meanwhile, on Friday, while vacationing in Nantucket, Massachusetts, President Biden said, “We don’t know when that will occur, but we’re going to expect it to occur,” referring to American hostages. “We don’t know what the list of all the hostages are and when they will be released, but we know the numbers that are going to be released, So it’s my hope and expectation it will be soon,” he added.
Biden is facing increasing pressure over the U.S. citizens still being imprisoned by Hamas.
In a post on X, Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) wrote, “Hamas is refusing to release the American citizens they have taken hostage. What is the President of the United States doing about this? He’s continuing to enjoy his holiday vacation in a 40 million dollar mansion.”