US President Donald Trump on Friday thanked the Iranian authorities for the release of former US Navy personnel Michael White, who have been in their custody for two years.
On his official Twitter account, Trump re-posted footage showing White upon his return home, saying: “It is great that Michael is back home. He arrived a while ago, which is very exciting.”
Trump addressed the Tehran government, saying: “Thank you, Iran. Do not wait for the American elections to conclude a grand deal. I will win it and will make a better deal now.”
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White was detained with the Iranian authorities in July 2018 during a visit to meet a woman who had communicated with her over the Internet and had romantic relations with her and was sentenced to ten years imprisonment for insulting Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and publishing classified information on the Internet.
White was released as part of an exchange deal that also included Iranian scholar and academic Cyrus Asgari, who recently returned to his homeland after the US authorities released him.