An image of Michael White posing with U.S. special envoy for Iran Brian Hook, released after being detained for two years in Iran, is displayed behind Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, accompanied by U.S. State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus and Sam Brownback, Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, as he speaks at a news conference at the State Department in Washington, DC, U.S., June 10, 2020. Andrew Harnik/Pool via REUTERS
How the Trump admin’s prisoner swap photo-op complicated future exchanges with Iran

US Iran envoy Elliott Abrams recently praised successes on getting Americans released, but the reality is that Trump officials only complicated the process.

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