WATCH: Trump Addresses Otto Warmbier’s Death at NK Summit — Refutes Idea He Died ‘In Vain’

Amid President Donald Trump’s historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, some criticized the president for meeting with the person or praising the person responsible for the death of University of Virginia student Otto Warmbier last year:

But when asked about Kim’s brutality, Trump argued that Monday’s historic summit was evidence that Warmbier “did not die in vain.”

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“Otto Warmbier is a very special person, and he will be for a long time in my life. […] I think without Otto, this would not have happened,” Trump said.

The president argued that Warmbier’s death shifted people’s focus to the situation in North Korea.

“Something happened from that day — it was a terrible thing, it was brutal — but a lot of people started to focus on what was going on,” Trump said.

Trump’s comments came in response to NBC News’ question about how he could call Kim “very talented” despite his record of brutality.

“Well, he is very talented,” Trump said of Kim before describing how the North Korean leader took over the country at a young age.

“Anybody that takes over a situation like he did at 26 years of age and is able to run it and run it tough,” Trump said. “Very few people at that age — you can take one out of 10,000 probably couldn’t do it,” he added.

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