In his first statement on the death of the American college student who died after being held as a prisoner in North Korea, President Donald Trump slammed the “brutality” of the North Korean state, and said it deepened his determination to confront a regime that does not respect “basic human decency.”
According to Fox News, Trump made the remarks Monday afternoon after he learned of the death of Otto Warmbier, who was released by the communist regime last week.
“Melania and I offer our deepest condolences to the family of Otto Warmbier on his untimely passing,” the president said, in a statement released by the White House.
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“There is nothing more tragic for a parent than to lose a child in the prime of life. Our thoughts and prayers are with Otto’s family and friends, and all who loved him.”
In a White House appearance reported by the U.K. Express, Trump also said he was glad that Warmbier’s family could spend some time with the young man before his death, even if he was in a coma.
“He spent a year and a half in North Korea and a lot of bad things happened but at least we got him home to be with his parents,” Trump said. “They were so happy to see him even though he was in a very tough condition, but he just passed away.”
The president then had some serious words that the North Korean regime won’t like to hear… [CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE]