President Donald Trump responded to the death of University of Virginia student, Otto Warmbier, on Monday, deriding the North Korean regime for its brutality.
Trump called North Korea a “brutal regime” after noting Warmbier's passing on Monday. “We'll be able to handle it,” he added.
Trump also said that he was “happy” to see Warmbier be able to return to his family before his death.
The president's comments came just after Warmbier's family released a statement announcing his death. “It is our sad duty to report that our son, Otto Warmbier, has completed his journey home,” the family's statement read.
BREAKING: 22-year-old Otto Warmbier, U.S. student released from North Korea last week, has passed away, his family says. pic.twitter.com/wnG5QKFKAz
— ABC News (@ABC) June 19, 2017
North Korean officials returned Warmbier in a coma after detaining him for 17 months. Warmbier was sentenced in March 2016 to 15 years of hard labor for allegedly attempting to steal a propaganda poster. North Korean officials claimed he suffered from botulism.