“Frankly we didn’t think it was going to happen and it did,” said Trump.
US President Donald Trump welcomed three released Americans early Thursday morning at Joint Base Andrews.
Kim Dong-chul, Kim Sang-duk, and Kim Hak-song were released by the North Korean regime.
“We’re starting off on a new footing. This is a wonderful thing that he released the folks early,” said Trump – who seems hopeful of success in his upcoming negotiations with Kim Jong-un. “I think we have a very good chance of doing something very meaningful. My proudest achievement will be — this is part of it — when we denuclearize that entire peninsula.”
Trump has surprised many of the ‘experts’ by helping bring the Korean Peninsula closer to peace than any US President before him.
On Twitter, Trump welcomed the freed Americans:
“On behalf of the American people, WELCOME HOME!”
On behalf of the American people, WELCOME HOME! pic.twitter.com/hISaCI95CB
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 10, 2018
A longer video of Trump welcoming the freed Americans can be seen below:
Here’s part of what the White House said in a statement:
“The release of the three Americans is a sign of goodwill as President Trump’s Administration continues its ongoing diplomatic efforts with North Korea. Freeing Kim Dong Chul, Kim Sang Duk, and Kim Hak Song is a step in the right direction, as negotiations continue ahead of President Trump’s upcoming meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore on June 12. North Korea released the three Americans during Secretary Pompeo’s visit to Pyongyang to discuss the details of the meeting.”
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