Trump praises US for role in Thai cave rescue

Trump praises US for role in Thai cave rescue
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpShocking summit with Putin caps off Trump’s turbulent Europe trip GOP lambasts Trump over performance in Helsinki Trump stuns the world at Putin summit MORE on Sunday praised the U.S. for its role in the ongoing rescue of members of a youth soccer team from a cave in Thailand.

“The U.S. is working very closely with the Government of Thailand to help get all of the children out of the cave and to safety,” he tweeted. “Very brave and talented people!”

This is Trump’s first comment on the rescue, and he did not provide specifics on the U.S.’s role in it. The Hill has reached out to the White House for comment.

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A U.S. military official told CNN that 36 Pacific Command personnel are involved in the operation, including 12 search-and-rescue divers, as well as staff from the U.S. Embassy.

The U.S. divers are not expected to participate directly in the rescue, the official added.

The president's tweet came soon after several reports that the first boys had been successfully extracted from the Tham Luang cave complex.

The first members of the team were extracted from the cave Sunday, about eight hours after the rescue efforts began.

The rescue of all 12 boys and their coach could take days, according to officials.

— This report was updated at 12:03 p.m.