Otto Warmbiers’ Parents Issue Scathing Rebuke Of Trump’s Trust In North Korean Dictator

Cindy and Fred Warmbier attending Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address

The parents of deceased college student Otto Warmbier, who was imprisoned in North Korea for stealing a poster, have issued a statement after Donald Trump told the world yesterday he believed North Korean President Kim Jong Un didn’t know anything about the student’s treatment in his country.

“We have been respectful during this summit process. Now we must speak out. Kim and his evil regime are responsible for the death of our son Otto,” Fred and Cindy Warmbier said in a statement, according to NBC News. “Kim and his evil regime are responsible for unimaginable cruelty and inhumanity. No excuses or lavish praise can change that.”

Here’s what Donald Trump told reporters yesterday in Vietnam:

That sentiment is a reversal from last year when Trump invited Otto’s parents to attend his State of the Union address and he blamed Kim Jong Un’s dictatorship for Otto Warmbier’s death.

In 2016, Otto Warmbier was arrested during a trip to North Korea after being accused of stealing a propaganda poster from his hotel in Pyongyang.

The 21-year-old was sentenced to 15 years hard labor by the North Korean government, but was released after 17 months.

He was returned to the United States in a coma, and died days later due to neurological injury.