President Trump greeted three American prisoners released by North Korea early Thursday morning as the men touched down on American soil; welcoming the US citizens as they returned after years of captivity under the communist regime.
The Commander-in-Chief and First Lady Melania Trump awaited the prisoners as they arrived alongside Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland at 2:00am.
On behalf of the American people, WELCOME HOME! pic.twitter.com/hISaCI95CB
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 10, 2018
Soon after disembarking the plane, Kim Dong Chul, Kim Sang-duk, and Kim Hak Song “thanked” North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un for their immediate release.
The transfer of the three prisoners to US custody sets the stage for high-level negotiations between Kim Jong Un and President Trump, who called the possibility of “denuclearization” the highest priority of his presidency.
“My proudest achievement will be – this is part of it – when we denuclearize that entire peninsula,” said Trump. “We very much appreciate that [Kim] allowed them to go before the meeting.”