Vice President Mike Pence sat down with CBS to discuss the release of three American hostages from North Korea Thursday, but “Face The Nation” moderator Margaret Brennan spent less than three minutes on the subject before pivoting to Iran.
Pence said the men were in “good spirits” after being greeted by President Donald Trump at Joint Base Andrews in Washington, D.C. He also thanked Kim Jong Un for making their release possible before Brennan shifted the discussion to Iran.
“It is accurate to say that North Korea has taken steps so far, made commitments so far and making it possible for these three Americans to come home before there were any concessions even offered by the United States or our allies gives us hope this may be different,” Pence said.
“We very much appreciate the statements and the efforts that Kim Jong Un has made so far to move us toward the path to peace,” he added.
“There are also other families suffering. In Iran, at least four American prisoners are being held there,” Brennan said. “One of the family members was at the White House yesterday. Is the Trump administration open to a prisoner swap?”
“I believe we are always interested in opportunities to bring Americans home,” Pence replied. “I think we sent a pretty strong message to Iran this week when the president made the decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.”
Brennan spoke for the families of the hostages in Iran and claimed they’re worried about Trump pulling out of the nuclear deal. She said they’re concerned about they’re family members being caught in the crossfire.
“We felt it was important to withdraw from this deeply flawed Iran nuclear deal,” Pence concluded.
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