Trump Vows to Secure Gershkovich's Release If Elected

Trump Promises Quick Release for Journalist if Re-Elected.

by Nouman Rasool
Trump Vows to Secure Gershkovich's Release If Elected
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Trump threatened to release Gershkovich if he won the election while accusing Biden of lacking action for the journalist’s release. This week on his Truth Social media platform, ex-president Donald Trump has stressed the situation that in case he gets back to the Oval Office, he will free Wall Street Journal’s Evan Gershkovich, jailed in Russia on dubious spying charges.

Trump criticized President Biden for his thus far unsuccessful attempts to free Gershkovich by calling Biden a man who “can’t do anything right,” and further, Trump suggested that with the current administration, the Americans may end up paying “BILLIONS” to the Russians for the release of the journalist, following what Trump aptly named a “very bad ‘Biden Precedent’”.

Trump Touts Past Successes

In this case, Trump relied on other situations that occurred within his tenure in the White House, where his government secured the release of hostages held in different countries “for almost nothing”.

He also said that he could speak with Russian president Vladimir Putin to get things done, and thereby indirectly criticized Putin for not showing proper respect to Biden, which has led to Gershkovich’s ongoing captivity.

”Do not worry, Evan, I will bring you back home as soon as possible and while in there, you will be protected!!!” Trump said this in an effort to encourage The prospect of Trump’s promise has been in question, though.

While some sources suggest that Russia is open to a prisoner exchange that includes Gershkovich, the Russian press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, states that the Russian authorities consider discretion a priority on this matter, as “This topic prefers not to be discussed.

” The hearing of Gershkovich’s case remains behind the scenes, and his next hearing is scheduled for August 13th. If he is found guilty of the contentious espionage charges, he stands to face up to 20 years in prison.

The arrest of Gershkovich in March 2023 while on a journalistic mission in Yekaterinburg can be considered the first case since the Cold War period to have an American journalist detained in Russia on the grounds of spy charges. The Wall Street Journal and Gershkovich himself categorically deny the accusations that have been brought against him.