Three Americans who were freed from captivity in North Korea thanked President TrumpDonald TrumpMark Walker to stay in North Carolina Senate race Judge lays out schedule for Eastman to speed up records processing for Jan. 6 panel Michael Avenatti cross-examines Stormy Daniels in his own fraud trial MORE, Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoSunday shows preview: US reaffirms support for Ukraine amid threat of Russian invasion Pence to deliver keynote at fundraising banquet for South Carolina-based pregnancy center Russia suggests military deployments to Cuba, Venezuela an option 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.
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.