washingtonpost.com – The White House said Tuesday that it has ordered a review of how it responds when an American is taken hostage overseas. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said that President Obama ordered the review over the summer. “Given sort of the extraordinary nature of some of the hostage takings that we’d seen this year, the president felt it was warranted to direct the relevant departments and agencies who have traditionally been involved in assisting families as they try to recover the safe return of their family members,” Earnest said.


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