Joshua Boyle, a Canadian man who was recently freed after being held in Afghanistan by Taliban-tied kidnappers for five years said he thought his captors were joking when they told him Donald Trump was president, The Toronto Star reports.
Boyle told the newspaper that one of the captors said Trump was elected president before he was forced to film a “proof-of-life” video.
“It didn’t enter my mind that he was being serious,” Boyle said.
Boyle and his pregnant wife Caitlan Coleman were kidnapped in 2012 and were held for five years before being rescued by Pakistani forces last week.
The couple and their three young children, who were all born in captivity, were rescued after U.S. intelligence directed Pakistani authorities to the family’s location.
The family was in the trunk of a car when their kidnappers were caught in a shootout with Pakistani forces. The captors were all killed during the rescue, according to the report.