Trump secures prisoner release

May 10, 2018 |

After a long, agonizing wait (especially agonizing for cable news reporters who had to fill many hours with nothing to say while waiting for it), a plane touched down around 2 a.m. at Andrews Air Force base outside Washington, D.C., carrying Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and three Korean-Americans who had been held captive in North Korea.

President Trump greeted the returning Americans and said, “These are great people. Frankly, we didn't think this was going to happen, but it did. It was important to get these people out. This is a special night for these three really great people.” He also praised North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for releasing them (without bringing up who was responsible for unjustly arresting them in the first place, or as that's known in DC, "diplomacy") and said he believes Kim “really wants to do something” about bringing North Korea “into the real world.”

Trump said the nuclear summit time and place are now set, adding, “We're starting off on a new footing. I really think we have a very good chance of doing something very meaningful, and if anybody would've said that five years ago, 10 years ago, even a year ago, you would've said, 'That's not possible.' 'My proudest achievement will be when we denuclearize that entire [Korean] peninsula.”


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I sent a joking tweet this morning that there will be a new journalism award in 2018: the Pulitzer Prize for “Most Creative Way to Spin Trump Rescuing Three Americans from North Korea as a Bad Thing.” Like all good jokes, it’s just the truth told sideways. And the New York Times has already tossed its hat into the ring for that prize, even before the prisoners made it back to US soil.

The Times story on Trump’s announcement that he was pulling out of Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran was snottily headlined, “At a Key Moment, Trump’s Top Diplomat Is Again Thousands of Miles Away.” It slammed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for not being in Washington to answer calls from any European leaders who might get the vapors at the news. Now, the Times knew that Pompeo was doing something reasonably important – he was “thousands of miles away” because he was setting up a denuclearization summit with North Korea and freeing three American prisoners. They also knew that if anyone wanted to reach him, he has a cell phone – but they harrumphed that calls are sometimes dropped when he’s on his plane.

Well, I never! The very idea! Freeing Americans from forced labor prisons and ridding the world of nukes in the hands of a dangerous dictator pale before the importance of preventing some ticked-off Europeans from having to call back a second time! Why, just imagine the torture they might go through if they don’t have “Redial” buttons on their phones.

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  • Elaine Liming

    05/10/2018 08:33 PM

    I am so happy for the release of these three Americans. I voted for Trump and prayed for a warrior and I feel my prayers were answered because that's his gift. He loves our country and wants us to be leaders again. He can be sardonic in speech at times , and like all of us who are sinners, he is one of us. I have lost friends because of how I focus on Trump getting things done but my friends are life long Democrats and can't see how the party has become Socialistic and are a danger to our way of life. Now I just pray for Americans to vote in November with their heads and not emotions.

  • Michael Egbert

    05/10/2018 03:40 PM

    I was talking about this prisoner release earlier with my Pastor and we marveled at how there are STILL liberals out there criticizing even this event President Trump's team brokered. Making the stupidest comments such as "...he was surprised they weren't 'white' when he met them at the plane"...or how about THIS moron's comment "...he just finished what obama started", huh? As I've said before, "...even if the voice of God came booming out of heaven in praise of Trump or he was able to walk on water...they'd STILL make up some reason to gripe and moan about him"

  • Peggy Miller

    05/10/2018 02:39 PM

    You are my only newsman so keep up the good work. Just love your snarky method of delivering news. I never watch tv news because none of it is reliable, and from one good Baptist to another.....I trust what you say. Love ya, Mike.

  • LORI ANN REGO

    05/10/2018 01:53 PM

    I'M GLAD THE AMERICAN-KOREANS ARE FINALLY HOME

  • Debra Bacon

    05/10/2018 01:11 PM

    I, too, love to read your no nonsense take on things and understand where your lovely daughter gets her strength and courage to stand up to a bunch of nasty bullies every day, with dignity and class. I have to be honest and tell you I more or less held my nose when voting for Mr. Trump. Now, though, I am so incredibly happy I did. I cannot believe how much he has accomplished. Just imagine what he could do if he had some help from that DC crowd. Some of them have shown their true colors, and hopefully we will get some new blood in November! I will absolutely be there! Thanks Governor Huckabee for all you do, we appreciate you!

  • Kathleen Lucas

    05/10/2018 01:08 PM

    It's just more "Trump Derangement Syndrome" but on steroids!!! A local talk show host used this clever illustration of TDS.
    Pres Trump and a NY Times reporter were on a boat. The reporter's hat blew off in a gust of wind. Pres Trump immediately got out of the boat, walked on the water to the floating hat, retrieved the hat, walked on the water back to the boat, gave the reporter back his hat, and the headlines in the paper the following day read, "President Trump can't swim!" TDS at it's most toxic level!!!!!!!!!!!!! I think even Jesus chuckled at that one! Keep your commentaries coming. I love them!

  • Ronald Beattie

    05/10/2018 12:53 PM

    Glad to see he got sometime up front instead of paying Billions up front like Obama.

  • Stephen Russell

    05/10/2018 12:10 PM

    Any more prisoners in NORK, any from the EU, Australia??

  • Amelia Little

    05/10/2018 12:09 PM

    And, amazingly enough, it seems that the release of the prisoners (who are not deserters) did NOT include releasing terrorists, nor did it involve delivering pallets of money to Kim Jong Un and North Korea. I just have to smh when I see msm folk going bonkers about every little thing Trump accomplishes, predicting WWIII seems to come up most often. I admit, I only see these excerpts when someone on other shows set up a montage--and turn the channel after hearing the 1st couple "reporters" because they all cry the same thing. I even hear or read about how Trump has demeaned the Presidency, and that world leaders have no respect for him, and respect for America is declining. OMG. They have their heads in the sand, and I'm willing to bet world leaders have more respect for Trump, because when he has a meeting with them, he doesn't spend it apologizing for all that America means, and all the accomplishments by the American people. He doesn't sit there, nodding his head when they say something negative about America, but defends America. I think world leaders respect that more.

  • Scerita A. Dugas

    05/10/2018 11:38 AM

    So happy for these men and their families that they are finally, at last, HOME.
    Thank you President Trump and all those who helped in this endeavor.
    God bless America.

  • Richard Lee Sharp

    05/10/2018 11:04 AM

    I'm not a journalist, but the question these muddling people missed was filling us in on each of the people who were released and the story of where and why they got captured. Interesting with the open microphone and camera that so many of them sound so clueless! At one point they flocked to the right side thinking that was were the helicopters and planes would come from. Then they herded themselves back the other direction. Totally laughable!

  • Michele Reese

    05/10/2018 10:58 AM

    Nice!

  • Joseph Trokey

    05/10/2018 10:52 AM

    I am reminded of Biblical passages where God sent someone to tell the Hebrew people that they were not doing the will of God and they either run them down the road or killed them. You can hand some people 5 gold coins and they wonder why you didn't give them 10, complaining the whole time. I just wish they would treat their little babies like Schuemer, Pelosi,et. al., the same way. Right is right, no matter who does it. Wrong is wrong even if the most popular person in the world does it. One thing I know for sure, God knows how to separate the tares from the wheat. My hope and faith lies in His righteousness.

  • Henrietta Weimer

    05/10/2018 10:49 AM

    If Jesus Christ visited American, the News Media would not recognize him and give him the time of day. I think the American People have come to the conclusion that no matter what Donald Trump does, he will never get any credit. It is such a shame that America has come to this. May God help us.

  • Ralph A Smith, Sr.

    05/10/2018 10:28 AM

    Mike, you are so very much on point with your commmentary here. My new acronym for the NYT is: New York Twisted InforMation Employs Spin.