On his way home from Singapore, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo brought with him three American hostages who had been held for months in North Korea. In preparation for the upcoming Peace Summit, North Korea released the three men from the brutal labor camps where they were being held, to a hotel near Pyongyang. This moment had been months in the making. Back in March, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho traveled to Sweden to discuss the potential release of the three hostages. Pompeo who was then acting as CIA Director personally spoke with North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un over Easter weekend concerning the release of the three men. Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, who has spent decades negotiating hostage releases with North Korea, believes that there was a precondition placed on the North Korean release of American hostages before the summit was to take place. The release of these three hostages was seen as a diplomatic gesture and a sign of decreasing tensions between the United States and North Korea.
To follow the release of the hostages the date for the summit between the United States and North Korea was announced. The President and North Korean leader will be meeting in Singapore on June 12th of this year.
In less foreign news, Rudy Giuliani, a new member of the Trump legal team and former mayor of New York, announced that he was officially resigning from Greenbegr Traurig. A statement released by the firm described Giuliani's leave as this; After recognizing that this work is all-consuming and is lasting longer than anticipated, Rudy has determined it is best for him to resign from the firm." After being at the firm for only a year, Giuliani had planned to take only a temporary leave but, "In light of the pressing demands of the Mueller investigation, I believe it is in everyone's best interest that I make it a permanent resignation. This way, my sole concentration can be on this critically important matter for our country. There may have been some political motivation behind his resignation. Greenburg Traurig was reportedly unhappy with Giuliani's comments over the payments made by Michael Cohen to Stormy Daniels, which Giuliani claimed were not unusual and a common practice among high-powered attorneys.