Hours before Air Force One touched down on American soil, the State Department revealed that two American citizens were killed in the terrorist attacks three days earlier this week in Brussels. The attacks killed more than 30 people and wounded about 270.
The Associated Press cited a U.S. official who revealed on condition of anonymity that the families of two Americans had been informed of their deaths.
The news was revealed as Secretary of State John Kerry landed in Belgium this morning to visit the city.
“United States is praying and grieving with you for the loved ones of those cruelly taken from us, including Americans, and for the many who were injured in these despicable attacks,” Kerry said in response to the news, after meeting with Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel according to the Associated Press.
The news broke at the Associated Press early this morning while Obama was returning from his tour of Cuba and Argentina with his family. Air Force One touched down at Andrews Air Force Base at about 8:30 a.m. EST.