|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:
This answer was a disgrace to all Americans…
— UnsilentMajority 🖤 (@The_UnSilent_) February 28, 2019
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.
This is Otto Warmbier, an American college student jailed in North Korea for stealing a poster.
Here, he begs for forgiveness.
When Kim Jong Un returned 22-year-old Otto to the U.S., he was deaf, blind, and died within days.
— Kaivan Shroff (@KaivanShroff) June 12, 2018
Trump on Putin: “He said he didn’t meddle” in our election
On MBS: He “vehemently denies” arranging Khashoggi’s murder
On Kim: “I will take him at his word” on Otto Warmbier’s death
Trump has yet to find a dictator he won’t trust over our own intel agencies
Or common sense.
— Adam Schiff (@AdamSchiff) March 1, 2019
The Warmbier family’s rebuke of President Trump is all the more remarkable when you consider that just last year, Trump invited them to and highlighted them in his State of the Union speech, in which he DID blame Kim Jong Un’s dictatorship for Otto Warmbier’s death. pic.twitter.com/DzOLqKUDxF
— Sarah Westwood (@sarahcwestwood) March 1, 2019