Top White House counterterrorism official Kash Patel recently went to Damascus to discuss the release of United States citizens with the Syrian government, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing unnamed Trump administration officials.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, named the official as Kash Patel, a deputy assistant to President Donald Trump and the top White House counterterrorism official, saying he had flown to Damascus.
The White House and the State Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The Journal reported that Patel was seeking the release of freelance journalist Austin Tice, who disappeared in 2012, and Majd Kamalmaz, an American psychotherapist missing in Syria since 2017.
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Tice's family has publicly urged the Trump administration to engage with the Syrian regime.
"It is emblematic of how President Trump has made it a major priority to bring Americans home who have been detained overseas", said the official, who was confirming a report in the Wall Street Journal.
Tice disappeared in Syria in August 2012.
They cited John Bolton's recent memoir, in which the former national security adviser said Trump had a "constant desire" to speak with Assad about the hostages but both Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo considered the plan "undesirable".
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