Typically, though not at all times, when a government "takes someone hostage," it is referred to as imprisonment. Would we be willing to accept the same consequences should we imprison an Iranian national? We cannot paint all diplomatic encounters with a broad brush, as there is subtlety and subterfuge needed in such situations, two skills that our current regime are sorely lacking. On top of this, there have been at least two rounds of sanctions recently approved by both the House and Senate against Russia, which Trump decided to ignore. Why bother providing further duties for him to ignore?