Otto Warmbier, 22, tragically passed away on Monday just six days after he was released by the North Korean regime in a coma and suffering serious brain damage. Now, President Donald Trump is firing back by letting North Korea know that he won’t be forgetting about what they did to Otto.
Fox News reported that Trump slammed North Korea as a “brutal regime” after he learned of Otto’s death.
“Lot of bad things happened,” Trump said while meeting with technology CEOs at the White House, “but at least we got him home to be with his parents.”
“It’s a brutal regime,” Trump added, “and we’ll be able to handle it.”
“Otto’s fate deepens my Administration’s determination to prevent such tragedies from befalling innocent people at the hands of regimes that do not respect the rule of law or basic human decency,” the president said in a written statement.
Karen & I are so saddened to hear this. We’re praying for Otto’s family tonight. A tragic example of North Korea’s disregard for human life. pic.twitter.com/XtqlCQCMSJ
— Vice President Pence (@VP) June 19, 2017
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also spoke out to say that the U.S. will be holding North Korea accountable for Otto’s “unjust imprisonment” before calling on the communist nation to release the three other Americans that they currently have in captivity.
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley also released a statement about the young man’s death.
“Countless innocent men and women have died at the hand of the North Korean criminals, but the singular case of Otto Warmbier touches the American heart like no other,” Haley said. “While Otto Warmbier’s memory will always be a blessing to his loved ones, it will also serve as an indelible reminder to us of the barbaric nature of the North Korean dictatorship.”
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