The Marine who spent over seven months in a Mexican jail is back home on American soil.  Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi spent more than 200 days in jail after making a wrong turn at the Mexican border where authorities found three guns in his car and arrested

 him.    Congressman Matt Salmon led the charge to have Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi released from the Tijuana jail cell.  Salmon, along with Senator John McCain and former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, spent months tirelessly negotiating Tahmooressi’s release. The American hero was released and reunited with his family in America Friday night. 

Salmon says he’s “just ecstatic!”  He was able to meet Andrew as he came back to the United States Friday night.  The Arizona Congressman says “it’s one of the most rewarding things I’ve been involved in a long time and I’m just thrilled to be able to see him come home.” Tahmooressi was on his way to San Diego to receive treatment for PTSD when he made the wrong.  Salmon thinks the reason a Mexico Judge released the Marine is because Tahmooressi suffers from PTSD and Mexico does not have the ability to treat such a disorder.

While Salmon is thrilled Tahmooressi is back home, he has a few harsh words for President Obama. “To say disappointed, would be the understatement of the world.”  Salmon adds, “the White House didn’t lift a finger to help this young man, this American hero and I’m disgusted with him.”  Salmon notes the President released five known terrorists in exchange for Sergeant Bo Bergdahl, the man allegedly held captive for five years by the Taliban, and Obama claimed that as “Commander-In-Chief, he would leave no soldier behind, but he sure left Andrew behind.”  Salmon believes if the President had used his “Presidential prerogative, with the President of Mexico, I think this ordeal would have come to a close a lot sooner.”

Kris Dugan