June 4, 2020 / 3:56 PM / 2 months ago

Trump says White has left Iranian airspace, should be home soon

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump delivers a statement on the ongoing protests over racial inequality in the wake of the death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody, in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, U.S., June 1, 2020. REUTERS/Tom Brenner/File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said Thursday that Michael White, an American who was detained in Iran, had now left Iranian airspace and should be home with his family very soon.

Trump said in a tweet that White was on a Swiss plane.

White, a U.S. Navy veteran detained in Iran since 2018, was freed on Thursday, his family said in a statement, a rare instance of cooperation between Tehran and Washington despite their bitter relationship.

Reporting by Lisa Lambert, David Brunnstrom and Tim Ahmann; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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