Saifullah Rauf, the US citizen and US Navy reservist, and Anees Khalil, a US green card-holder, were "unjustly detained" and are in Qatar awaiting travel to the United States, State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a statement.
It’s a moment many Democrats on the panel have been waiting for. Several had agitated for Trump’s impeachment in response to the findings of special counsel Robert Mueller in April.
A Saudi Ministry of Defence official said that the move is based on joint cooperation between the two countries, and that it seeks to "strengthen regional security and stability" and to "preserve peace".
The new rules apply to virtually all applicants for immigrant and nonimmigrant visas. When it filed its initial notice to make the change, the department estimated it would affect 710,000 immigrant visa applicants and 14 million nonimmigrant visa applicants, including those who want to come to the US for business or education.
Two billionaire Democratic presidential hopefuls, Michael Bloomberg and Tom Steyer, collectively spent about $389 million last year on their campaigns, more than the rest of the remaining Democratic field combined, according to disclosures filed on Friday.
As a top adviser to Trump's presidential campaign who later served as chief White House strategist, Bannon helped articulate the right-wing populism and fierce opposition to immigration that have helped define Trump's 3-1/2 years in office. Bannon left the White House in August 2017.