Trump Blasts US Leaders As No Hamas Hostages Are American Citizens

(USNewsMag.com) – Former President Donald Trump slammed American leadership after the recent hostage release by Hamas included no American prisoners.

Following an agreement for a four-day cease-fire, twenty-four hostages were released by Hamas last Friday, and then 17 more the following day. None of the 10 American hostages reportedly in captivity were included among the prisoners released. Although Hamas did release two American nationals on October 20, they’ve released no US citizens since.

The office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed that Hamas has agreed to release 50 of their hostages over a four-day period in exchange for 150 Palestinian prisoners freed by Israel.

After news broke of the hostage release, Trump took to Twitter to share his thoughts on the matter. The former president asked his audience if any of them had “noticed that Hamas has returned people from other countries,” but not a single American citizen. Trump said the only “reason for that” is that they have “no respect” for the US or its leadership, proclaiming the current period of the nation’s history as “very sad and dark.”

President Joe Biden also commented on the exchange while vacationing in Nantucket, Massachusetts, where he had to reroute his motorcade last week to avoid pro-Palestinian protesters. Regarding the hostage situation, Biden said it’s not yet known when the American hostages will be freed, but that it’s expected “to occur.”

The president added that “the list of all the hostages” is still unknown, only the “numbers that are going to be released.” He added that the conditions of the US citizens held captive by Hamas also remain unknown.

On October 7, Hamas launched a coordinated attack on Israel, killing an estimated 1,400. During their combat with the Israel Defense Force, the radical Islamic group managed to capture around 200 hostages, who were taken over the border into the Gaza Strip. Trump and other critics of Biden view the president’s failure to secure the release of American citizens as a general failure of Biden’s leadership.

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