White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonoughDenis Richard McDonoughWe have a golden opportunity to restore and reform VA hospitals The Hill's Morning Report - Biden to make voting rights play in Atlanta Schwarzenegger donates 25 tiny homes to homeless vets in LA MORE on Sunday appeared to name the American woman held hostage by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), something that administration officials had not previously done.

Appearing on ABC’s “This Week,” McDonough was asked by host George Stephanopoulos if there was any hope of saving a Japanese hostage held by ISIS or any information on the American woman still being held.

“Well, the president had a good talk overnight, our time here, with Prime Minister Abe, underscoring our continued support for and partnership with the Japanese, they making this huge investment of, you know, halfway around the world, like we are, in Iraq and Syria against ISIS,” McDonough said.


“And as it relates to our hostages, we are obviously continuing to work those matters very, very aggressively,” he added. “We are sparing no expense and sparing no effort, both in trying to make sure that we know where they are and make sure that we're prepared to do anything we must to try to get them home.”

McDonough then apparently named the hostage, saying her “family knows how strongly the president feels about this and we will continue to work this.”

ABC Foreign Editor Jon Williams first noted the discrepancy.