Otto Warmbier’s parents are speaking out against President Trump for remarks he’s made concerning their son and Kim Jong-un. Trump has chosen to take the North Korean leader’s word that he had no involvement in the mistreatment and ultimate death of the US college student. Warmbier’s parents say they have to speak up for their son.
- Otto Warmbier was a US college student who was visiting North Korea with a tour group. He was arrested on suspicion of stealing, and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor. His parents, Fred and Cindy Warmbier, said, “Kim and his evil regime are responsible for the death of our son Otto. Kim and his evil regime are responsible for unimaginable cruelty and inhumanity. No excuses or lavish praise can change that.”
- Otto’s parents’ angry response comes after President Trump said, “He (Kim Jong-un) tells me that he didn’t know about it, and I will take him at his word.” Trump says his words were misinterpreted.
- The president tweeted, “I never like being misinterpreted, but especially when it comes to Otto Warmbier and his great family. Remember, I got Otto out along with three others. The previous administration did nothing, and he was taken on their watch. Of course I hold North Korea responsible for Otto’s mistreatment and death. Most important, Otto Warmbier will not have died in vain. Otto and his family have become a tremendous symbol of strong passion and strength, which will last for many years into the future. I love Otto and think of him often!”
President Trump is the one who made it possible for Otto Warmbier to come home. He is still holding North Korea responsible for what happened; what he is not doing is solely blaming the leader of the country.
While we all feel for the Warmbier family, this decision makes perfect sense; while Jong-un might have been personally involved, it’s logical to assume that leaders don’t always know the specifics of what their underlings are up to. Giving him the benefit of the doubt in light of a lack of hard evidence makes good political sense.