United States President, Donald Trump, has stated that his administration refused to pay those that took an American hostage because it would give room for many more hostages and payments.
Trump stated this during an election rally in Miami on Sunday ahead of Tuesday’s general election.
VANTAGE NEWS reported that the hostage, Philip Nathan Walton, was abducted by armed kidnappers in southern Niger on Tuesday, October 27.
According to media reports his abductors reportedly demanded a ransom of more than $1 million for his freedom.
The 27-year-old was rescued by members of the elite Seal Team 6 in a successful operation in Nigeria.
Speaking at the rally, Trump boasted that the American was not only rescued but the abductors “suffered gravely.”
He said, “We got our young man back, but the other side suffered gravely, I can tell you that,” Trump said. “We’ve gotten many hostages home. And I pay nothing, nothing. Can’t pay. Once you pay, you’ll have many many more.”