Trump Thanks Kim for His 'Kind Action' in Returning Servicemen's Remains

By Susan Jones | August 2, 2018 | 6:01am EDT
Fifty-five flag-draped caskets return to American soil in Hawaii, greeted by Vice President Mike Pence. (Photo: Screen capture/C-SPAN)

( - In a post-midnight tweet, President Trump had kind words for the North Korean dictator: "Thank you to Chairman Kim Jong Un for keeping your word & starting the process of sending home the remains of our great and beloved missing fallen! I am not at all surprised that you took this kind action. Also, thank you for your nice letter - I look forward to seeing you soon!" the president wrote.

An hour earlier, Trump remarked on the "incredibly beautiful ceremony" as the servicemen's remains returned to American soil in 55 crates. "Thank you to Honolulu and all of our great Military participants on a job well done. A special thanks to Vice President Mike Pence on delivering a truly magnificent tribute!" Trump tweeted.

At the repatriation ceremony in Hawaii, Vice President Pence hailed the "historic occasion" and praised President Trump's "leadership and compassion" for making it all happen:

The Good Book says, if you owe debts, pay debts; if honor, then honor; if respect, then respect. And we are gathered here at this honorable carry ceremony to receive 55 flag-draped cases, which we trust include the remains of American heroes who fell in the Korean War.

Some have called the Korean War the forgotten war, but today, we prove these heroes were never forgotten. Today our boys are coming home.

Pence said his own father fought in the Korean War, and he always told his children that the real heroes were the ones who never got to come home.


"Sixty-five years ago last week, the armistice was signed to bring the Korean War to its close. From the moment the guns fell silent, American soldiers returned home -- some to their families and futures -- some to their eternal rest," Pence said.

"But more than 8,000 Americans did not come home at all. Our nation has worked tirelessly to keep our sacred promise to leave no man behind. And while several hundred of the missing fallen have been returned, for more than a decade, as a result of North Korea's nuclear threats and escalations, search and rescue and recovery efforts have been suspended -- until today."

Preliminary testing indiates the remains really are those of Korean War combatants and are likely American, CNN quoted John Byrd, an anthropologist at the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, as saying.

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