U.S. President Donald Trump welcomed home three Americans who had been detained by North Korea, greeting the trio at an air base outside Washington early Thursday after they were released hours earlier by Pyongyang. The release gives Trump a key diplomatic victory ahead of a highly anticipated summit with the North's leader, Kim Jong Un.

A plane carrying the three former detainees, Kim Hak-song, Kim Dong-chul and Tony Kim, who is also known as Kim Sang-duk, arrived at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland in the early morning hours Thursday. Trump, first lady Melania Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, greeted them on the plane.

Exiting the plane, which was situated beneath a giant American flag, the three beaming men shook hands with Trump, before raising their arms in triumph and making peace signs above their heads.