The mother of a hostage killed by ISIS said it was “appalling” how low a priority it was for the Obama White House to rescue her son.
Diane Foley described to Fox News’ Martha McCallum the lack of help the family received from the Obama administration but applauded how things are looking different under President Trump.
Foley felt that there was no one in the U.S. government designated to help her family once her son, journalist James Foley, was kidnapped and later murdered by ISIS militants in Syria in 2014.
The mother had reportedly viewed the family’s attempts to free her son as an “annoyance to the U.S. government.”
“That was true. I think part of the problem was there was no one whose job it was to help us,” she told McCallum on ‘The Story with Martha MacCallum” Wednesday. “Our case was on everyone’s list but it was no one’s mission to help.”
Foley feels things have improved, especially for Americans who are hostages of terrorist groups. The Trump administration appears to be making the issue “more of a priority” than the Obama White House, she noted.
“I’m incredibly hopeful about that,” she said. “This administration is more willing to actually hear our voice.”
She explained the efforts to put mechanisms and people in place to help families and captives in similar situations and said she applauds the Trump administration for the steps it has taken.
McCallum asked the mother her thoughts following her son’s capture in 2014 and if the family was thinking rescue efforts would quickly unfold.
“Well, we realized that was not going to happen pretty quickly, ” Foley said quietly. “But I was surprised that it was so low a priority. That was the part that was so appalling, really. I just couldn’t believe it.”
Foley shared that her heart goes out to American families that are still waiting to hear from their missing or kidnapped loved ones, calling the issue a “silent crisis.”
She also detailed the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation, explaining how the organization set up in her son’s honor is available to help these families and keep the government informed on how it’s doing its job.
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