Trump presses Uganda to bring kidnappers of American tourist to justice

President TrumpDonald John TrumpPennsylvania Supreme Court strikes down GOP bid to stop election certification Biden looks to career officials to restore trust, morale in government agencies Sunday shows preview: US health officials brace for post-holiday COVID-19 surge MORE on Monday called on Ugandan authorities to apprehend the individuals responsible for the kidnapping of an American woman and her safari guide one day after officials said they were safely recovered. 

"Uganda must find the kidnappers of the American Tourist and guide before people will feel safe in going there. Bring them to justice openly and quickly!" Trump tweeted.

American woman Kim Sue Endicott and her Congolese driver, Jean-Paul Mirenge Remezo, were kidnapped at gunpoint last week while visiting Queen Elizabeth National Park, the country's most popular park. The two were held captive for five days, and the individuals behind the plot demanded a $500,000 ransom for their release.


Ugandan authorities on Sunday said that the two had been rescued and were in good health. ABC News reported that a ransom was paid to secure their release, but that the amount was unknown.

Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoBiden looks to career officials to restore trust, morale in government agencies Biden faces challenges, opportunities in Middle East O'Brien on 2024 talk: 'There's all kinds of speculation out there' MORE and other American officials have said that the U.S. has a long-standing policy of not paying a ransom to secure the release of Americans.

Ugandan police said they would turn Endicott over to the U.S. ambassador to Uganda on Monday.