Trump Welcomes Home North Korean Hostages: "Special Night"

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President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and their families welcomed home three hostages who were freed from North Korea. The hostages appeared happy and held up the peace sign with both hands.

"Special night, really great people," Trump said as he greeted the now former hostages.

"My proudest achievement will be, this is a part of it, but will be when we denuclearize that entire peninsula," the president said to the media. "This is what people have been waiting for for a long time. Nobody thought we could be on this track in terms of speed. So, I'm very honored to have helped the three folks. They're great people. You know, I got to speak to them on the plane. These are great people, they've been through a lot, but it's a great honor. But the true honor is going to be if we have a victory in getting rid of the nuclear weapons."





FLASHBACK: Bill Maher Trashes Liberal Response To Trump North Korea Meeting: "F*ck You," "It Just Might Work"

Takeaways:

Hostage when asked what it is like to be home: "It's like a dream and we are very, very happy."

Hostage on North Korea: "We were treated in many different ways. For me, I had to do a lot of labor, but when I got sick I was also treated by them."

Trump on outcome: "My proudest achievement will be, this is a part of it, but will be when we denuclearize that entire peninsula."

Trump on historical importance: "We're starting off on a new footing. This is a wonderful thing that [Kim Jong-un] released the folks early, that's a big thing. Very important to me. And I really think we have a very good chance of doing something very meaningful and if anybody would have said that 5 years ago, 10 years ago, even a year ago, you would have said that's not possible."

Trump on future: "We are going to have a success. I think this is going to be a very big success. It's never been taken this far. There's never been a relationship like this and we're starting from here but I really think a lot of progress has been made and we'll see what happens. We're talking about a few weeks, many of you will be with us. But some great things are going to happen and that is what we hope for."

Trump on Otto Warmbier: "It was a very important thing to all of us to get these three great people out. I must tell you I want to pay my warmest respect to the parents of Otto Warmbier who was a great young man who really suffered."

Trump on NYT Pompeo story: "They couldn't find him because he was in North Korea."

Trump to the press: "It's early in the morning. I think you probably broke the all-time in history television rating for 3 in the morning."

FLASHBACK: Hillary Clinton said it "doesn't help for the president on Twitter to insult South Korea."




Hostage calls end of detainment "like a dream."


Trump and Pence arrive at Joint Base Andrews via Marine One:


Plane with the hostages landing:


Hostages as they exited the plane:


Trump and the hostages walk toward press pool and take questions:

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