President Donald Trump greeted and cheered the three Americans freed from North Korea when they arrived at Joint Base Andrews early Thursday morning. From The Washington Examiner:

The three men, Kim Dong-chul, Tony Kim and Kim Hak-song, were brought back to the U.S. by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo following a whirlwind trip to Pyongyang, his second in the last month, to set the table for Trump’s much-anticipated summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.

“This is a special night for these three really great people,” Trump told reporters, while standing next to the three former detainees at around 3 a.m. “And congratulations on being in this country.”

Trump praised North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for the release of the three men, but would not say whether he had spoken with Kim ahead of high-stakes talks between the two countries about denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.

“My proudest achievement will be, this is a part of it, will be when we denuclearize that entire peninsula,” Trump said. “This is what people have been waiting for, for a long time … The true honor is going to be if we have a victory in getting rid of nuclear weapons.”

Trump was accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, second lady Karen Pence and Pompeo.

The president and first lady entered the medical plane carrying the detainees to welcome them back to the states. A few minutes later, they exited the plane with the three Americans, waving and smiling.

“It’s like a dream,” a translator said of how the men feel to be home.


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