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Morning Joe Host Questions Whether Obama’s New U.S. Hostage Policy Will Encourage Kidnappers

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Morning Joe Host Questions Whether Obama’s New U.S. Hostage Policy Will Encourage Kidnappers

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MSNBC’s Morning Joe hosts questioned the soon-to-be announced White House policy of allowing families of American hostages held overseas to pay ransoms, with one worrying this will encourage more kidnappings.

“This obviously, Ayman [Mohyeldin], is really complicated because on the one hand, you want these families to have the ability to do things that the government cannot or will not do, but also, does this in some ways encourage hostage-takers because they know, one way or another, they’re probably going to get their money from someone if it’s not the U.S. government,” said co-host Willie Geist.

Foreign correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin said Europeans, who have long paid ransoms, did not report an uptick in kidnappings due to that policy. More

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