After two years of being incarcerated in Iran, former Navy Sailor Michael White was released on Thursday after the United States deported Sirous Asgari, an Iranian scientist who was acquitted last year on charges of trying to steal trade secrets. Asgari was being held in an ICE facility. 

The U.S. also terminated a case in Florida against an Iranian-American doctor, Majid Taheri, who was accused of violating trade sanctions. Taheri served 16 months in a detainment facility and was sentenced on Thursday to time served. 

White’s mother called the entire experience a living nightmare. “For the past 683 days my son, Michael, has been held hostage in Iran by the IRGC [Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps] and I have been living a nightmare,” said Joanne White.

“I am blessed to announce that the nightmare is over, and my son is safely in American custody and on his way home,” she said, thanking President Trump and the State Department for working to get her son released.

White and Brian Hook, the U.S. Special Envoy to Iran.

President Trump, who always likes to announce things on Twitter, did so again on  Thursday morning.

“I am happy to announce that Navy Veteran, Michael White, who has been detained by Iran for 683 days, is on a Swiss plane that just left Iranian Airspace. We expect him to be home with his family in America very soon,” Trump wrote. “I will never stop working to secure the release of all Americans held hostage overseas! Thank you, Switzerland for your great assistance.”

“I want to extend my personal thanks to President Trump for his efforts both diplomatically and otherwise,” White said upon his arrival at Dulles Airport in Washington D.C. “He is making America great again and I look forward to what is going to happen here in the future.”

“This should have and could have been done earlier, but I am glad and relieved that Mike is on his way home to get treated and rejoin Joanne and his family,” Bill Richardson, the former New Mexico governor and U.N. ambassador, said. Richardson had worked with the White family to get the Navy vet released.