Melania Trump 'Hoping to Be Freed Next' After North Korea Hostages, Stephen Colbert Jokes

The Late Show host Stephen Colbert congratulated President Donald Trump on Thursday for welcoming back three Americans freed from North Korea, but then compared their situation to that of first lady Melania Trump.

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"I give the president a lot of the business, you know, I hit him with the zingers, but it's nice when you see good things happen in Trump's America," Colbert said. "For instance, early this morning, the three American hostages freed by North Korea landed safely in the United States. That's great news."

It's nice when you see good things happen in Trump's America.

— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) May 11, 2018

"The president was there to meet the freed men—along with Melania, who is hoping to be freed next," Colbert continued. "It's too long. Too long."

Melania Trump has appeared at distant at times from her husband. Reports emerged earlier this year of affairs he allegedly had with adult film star Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, and Playboy playmate Karen McDougal. The first lady canceled her trip accompanying him to Davos, Switzerland, arrived on her own to his State of the Union address, and at times has seemed reluctant to hold his hand.

Such behavior has led not only Colbert to joke that Melania Trump is seeking a way out of the White House.

"There's no one left at the White House anymore. It's just you and your Slovenian captive," late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel joked in March after the president fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. He was referring to the first lady, who immigrated to the U.S. from Slovenia.

Kimmel said there was not a chance that Melania Trump helped set up the White House Easter Egg Roll the following month.

"She didn't dye eggs. The only thing she's been working on is an escape tunnel," Kimmel said.

Even France's de-facto first lady Brigitte Macron implied that Melania Trump is a hostage in the White House after a visiting the Trumps in April.

Macron said Melania Trump is "actually really fun" but "cannot do anything."

"She can't even open a window at the White House. She can't go outside," Macron said. "She's much more constrained than I am. I go out every day in Paris."

Colbert proceeded to mock the president on his comment about the North Korean leader in his Thursday segment. "We want to thank Kim Jong Un, who really was excellent to these three incredible people," Trump had said.

"No, he wasn't. He wasn't 'excellent' to them. And you know the hint that he wasn't? They look happy to be with you, OK?" Colbert said. "That's how low the bar is."