Early Thursday morning, President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and Second Lady Karen Pence welcomed home three American hostages who had spent at least a year in captivity in North Korea. When one of the hostages finally stepped foot in America after the horrifying ordeal, he uttered four words which were pure gold.
According to The Daily Caller, three Americans returned to the United States early Thursday morning after at least a year in captivity. North Korea released Kim Dong-Chul, Kim Hak-Song, and Kim Sang-Duk into the custody of U.S. officials on Wednesday, and they arrived at Joint Base Andrews a little before 3 a.m. on Thursday. President Trump boarded the plane to greet the released detainees and then emerged with them at his side
Three Americans held captive for more than a year in North Korea arrived at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington well before dawn Thursday to a hero’s welcome featuring President Trump, Vice President Pence and first lady Melania Trump.
Shortly before 3 a.m., in pitch black skies, a U.S. government plane made its approach to the runway with Kim Dong-chul, Tony Kim and Kim Hak-song, having been preceded by a jet carrying Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. A large American flag suspended by two fire engine cranes was arranged on the tarmac, which was lit by banks of spotlights.
The plane carrying the three Americans pulled up in front of the giant flag. The president and first lady boarded the plane, while Pence, his wife, Karen, and Pompeo waited on the tarmac. Then Trump emerged followed by the three men, two of whom raised their arms in triumph and relief as they exited the plane.
The men, dressed in sports coats and slacks, with button-down shirts, walked down the staircase slowly but without assistance. And after the three shook hands with the other U.S. officials, Trump led the group toward the assembled media to make remarks. [Source: The Washington Post]
President Donald Trump spoke briefly to reporters on the tarmac, calling it a “great honor” to welcome the hostages home. “We want to thank Kim Jong-un, who was really excellent,” he said. “The fact we were able to get them out so soon was a tribute to a lot of things including a certain process that is taking place right now. This is a special night for these three really great people,” Trump added, “and congratulations on being in this country.”
When the president opened questions to reporters, Kim Dong-Chul was the first of the hostages to be addressed. “How does it feel to be home?” a reporter shouted over jet engines. Trump then turned to Kim Dong-Chul and re-asked the question. Dong-Chul spoke through an interpreter and said four simple words that spoke volumes: “It’s like a dream.”
Indeed, the U.S. is a dream compared to nations like North Korea, where citizens are not allowed even the most basic freedoms, and where, if they break the rules, they may be subject to living the rest of their lives in hard labor camps. In North Korea, liberties such as the freedom of speech are strictly prohibited; speak ill of the regime and you could find yourself in a torture cell along with the rest of your family.
Kim Dong-Chul, Kim Hak-Song, and Tony Kim were released after negotiations between the Trump administration and dictator Kim Jong-un. It has since been announced that the two leaders will meet in Singapore on June 12th.
“We are very, very happy,” said Kim Dong-Chul. This was a majorly triumphant moment for the three men and for the Trump administration, and it demonstrates the president’s political prowess, something the media and the left have notoriously refused to give him credit for.