Otto Warmbier’s Parents Fire Back at Trump For ‘Excuses and Lavish Praise’ of Kim Jong Un

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The parents of Otto Warmbier are calling out President Donald Trump for believing that North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un had nothing to do with the death of their son who was held captive in the dictatorship for 17 months and died soon after he returned home.

“We have been respectful during the summit process. Now we must speak out,” Frank and Cindy Warmbier wrote in a statement obtained by MSNBC.

“Kim and his evil regime are responsible for the death of our son Otto. Kim and his evil regime are responsible for unimaginable cruelty and inhumanity. No excuses or lavish praise can change that.”

Trump told reporters in Vietnam Thursday that he didn’t think Kim was involved in the suspected torture that resulted in Warmbier’s death. “I really don’t think it was in his interest at all.”

“It just wasn’t to his advantage to allow that to happen,” Trump added. “Those prisons are rough, they’re rough places and bad things happened but I really don’t believe … he knew about it.”

The president said that Kim “felt badly” about the incident. “Some really bad things happened to Otto, some really really bad things but he tells me he didn’t know about it and I will take him at his word.”

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Trump has been relatively lax on his criticism of the brutal dictator. In tweets leading up to and following the summit this week, the president referred to Kim as has his friend and insisted that their relationship is “very good.”

Trump’s comments on Warmbier’s death received backlash from both Republicans and Democrats, including a former member of his administration, former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley. “Americans know the cruelty that was placed on Otto Warmbier by the North Korean regime,” she tweeted Thursday.

Trump has not yet defended or backtracked on his comments.

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