Huge win for Trump and new Secretary of State Pompeo!
— Mark Moore, New York Post
President Trump announced on Twitter Wednesday that three Americans being held in North Korea are “in the air” and returning to the United States with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
“I am pleased to inform you that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in the air and on his way back from North Korea with the 3 wonderful gentlemen that everyone is looking so forward to meeting,” the President wrote. “They seem to be in good health. Also, good meeting with Kim Jong Un. Date & Place set.”
Five minutes later he updated with news of their impending arrival.
“Secretary Pompeo and his “guests” will be landing at Andrews Air Force Base at 2:00 A.M. in the morning. I will be there to greet them. Very exciting!” Trump wrote on Twitter.
The White House said Trump “appreciates” Kim’s releasing the American citizens and “views this as a positive gesture of goodwill.”
“The three Americans appear to be in good condition and were all able to walk on the plane without assistance,” the White House said in a statement. “All Americans look forward to welcoming them home and to seeing them reunited with their loved ones.”
Kim Sang Dok has been held by the regime since April 2017 after he was picked up at the Pyongyang Airport as he was preparing to leave the country for committing “hostile criminal acts.”
Kim Dong Chul, a South Korean business and naturalized American citizen, has been detained since October 2015 on espionage charges.
And Kim Hak Song has been in North Korea custody since May 2017 also for “hostile acts.”
Ex-oilman Rex Tillerson is out, CIA Director Mike Pompeo is the new Secretary of State.
Spylady Gina Haspel put in charge of CIA — first woman to get the job.
Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job! Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service! Gina Haspel will become the new Director of the CIA, and the first woman so chosen. Congratulations to all!
Trump’s national security adviser Gen. H.R. McMaster protecting the deep state establishment by getting rid of Trump loyalists who were hired to carry out the president’s policy.
Smells like deep state machinations at work. And McMaster may have gone too far.
President Trump met with McMaster on Thursday and is said to be looking to replace him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo (left) and ship the three-star general to Afghanistan to command U.S. forces in that country.
Trump has lambasted the current commander over there, Gen. John Nicholson Jr., who Trump says is losing the war.
Herbert Raymond McMaster, 55, a U. S. Army officer, has been on a firing binge, dumping Trump allies who were at odds with career government staffers and holdovers from the Obama era. He reportedly wants to downplay Obama holdovers who are undermining the Trump administration.
One of the National Security Council officials who was fired was senior Middle East director Derek Harvey, who had a comprehensive plan to scrap the Iran nuclear deal, something the president has long wanted to do.
And McMaster has plans to fire more. At least four other senior National Security Council officials are reportedly in his crosshairs.
McMaster even allowed Obama’s national security adviser Susan Rice to keep her security clearance after finding out she was the source of the unmasking of several Trump associates who had contact with Russian officials. McMaster told Rice she would continue to have access to classified information.
Siding with Rice goes dead against the president who has strongly suggested that Rice may have committed a crime.
McMaster, who was recommended for the job by Sen. John McCain (enough said!) may have just bought himself a ticket to Afghanistan.