Trump: ‘I’ll Get Him Released’

( – Knowing he has the ability to accomplish what his rivals cannot, former President Donald Trump said he is confident he will be able to get an American prisoner released from a Russian prison.

In a recent interview with Time Magazine, Trump talked about the detention of Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich, who has been held in Russia for over a year.

Trump promised to secure Gershkovich’s release if reelected and criticized Joe Biden’s unsuccessful efforts to negotiate his freedom.

Gershkovich was arrested on March 30, 2023, after Russia’s Federal Security Service accused him of espionage.

Trump recognized he had not been able to call for the reporter’s release due to his busy schedule, but seized the opportunity to plead for Gershkovich during the interview.

“I’ll call for it right now in your story if you’d like,” Trump told Time. He expressed he was confident he could negotiate the reporter’s release with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“And here’s a difference between me and Biden: I’ll get him released. He’ll be released. Putin is going to release him,” he declared.

Trump also took the opportunity to criticize the way Biden has handled Putin and the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

He stated, “I get along very well with Putin, but the reporter should be released and he will be released. I don’t know if he’s going to be released under Biden.”

During a February interview with Tucker Carlson, Putin suggested that the U.S. had not returned Russian “gestures of goodwill” and alleged that Gershkovich had “classified, confidential information.”

As the 2024 presidential race heats up, Trump, who leads slightly over Biden in the RealClearPolling average, said he was surprised that Biden was unable to secure the journalist’s release.

“I’m surprised that Biden. Well, I’m not surprised with anything with Biden. But I think it’s a terrible precedent,” Trump commented. “And I’m very surprised that he hasn’t been released, but I will get him released, if he’s not released by the time we get to office.”

This discussion follows the Biden administration’s notable prisoner swap in late 2022, which saw Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout exchanged for the release of WNBA player Brittney Griner.

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