Freed North Korean hostages thank Trump, Pompeo ‘for bringing us home’
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Three Americans who were freed from captivity in North Korea thanked President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocratic senator rips Trump's 'let them fight' remarks: 'Enough is enough' Warren warns Facebook may help reelect Trump 'and profit off of it' Trump touts Turkey cease-fire: 'Sometimes you have to let them fight' MORE, Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoTrump touts Turkey cease-fire: 'Sometimes you have to let them fight' Pompeo to meet Netanyahu as US alliances questioned Washington indecision compounded the Kurds' dilemma MORE and the American people “for bringing us home” as they touched down on American soil for the first time in more than a year.

"We thank God, and all our families and friends who prayed for us and for our return," the three men said in a statement obtained by Reuters from the State Department.

Kim Dong Chul, Kim Sang Duk and Kim Hak Song landed in Anchorage, Alaska, on Wednesday night. They are expected to arrive at Andrews Air Force Base near Washington, D.C., about 2 a.m. Thursday.

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President Trump said he will be there to greet them. He tweeted Wednesday morning that the three “seem to be in good health.”

The three American citizens were imprisoned on charges of espionage or other anti-state activities against North Korea.

Pompeo was visiting Pyongyang on Tuesday in preparation for talks between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The three men were released during his visit and joined him on the plane back to the U.S.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement that Trump views the detainee release “as a positive gesture of goodwill” ahead of the planned summit with Kim.

The administration has yet to formally announce the date and location of the meeting, but multiple news outlets reported Wednesday that it will likely take place in Singapore.