Trump says his relationship with Putin will help free jailed WSJ reporter Evan Gershkovich

Kremlin says Russian leader isn’t in contact with former U.S. president about journalist


Former President Donald Trump said his relationship with Russian leader Vladimir Putin would help secure the release of Evan Gershkovich, the Wall Street Journal reporter detained in a Moscow jail for more than a year.

In a post on his Truth Social platform on Thursday, Trump said that Gershkovich, whom the U.S. State Department deems wrongfully held, would be released almost immediately after the presidential election “but definitely before I assume office.”

“Vladimir Putin, President of Russia, will do that for me, but not for anyone else, and WE WILL BE PAYING NOTHING!” the post said.

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