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Sen. Ted Cruz said President Trump should be commended following the release of three American prisoners by North Korea.

Trump -- along with first lady Melania Trump and Vice President Mike Pence -- met Kim Dong Chul, Kim Hak Song and Tony Kim when they arrived at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland early Thursday.

Trump publicly thanked North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for releasing the prisoners, and said it is a sign of easing tensions as the two get set to meet on denuclearization in a forthcoming summit.

On "Fox & Friends" on Thursday, Cruz (R-Texas) said the release of the prisoners is a "major victory" that is the result of Trump's aggressive posture toward Kim's regime.

"We saw for eight years under Barack Obama a foreign policy that was really a policy of weakness and appeasement," Cruz said.

"The problem is weakness and appeasement doesn't work, especially with dictators like Kim Jong Un," Cruz said.

"President Trump has come in with a strong American foreign policy, getting back to peace through strength. And I think we're seeing the results of it with three Americans coming home."

Watch the clip above.


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