Trump said he takes the North Korean leader at his word that he didn’t know about the student’s treatment in prison.
"I don't think the top leadership knew about it. Those prisons are rough"
President Donald Trump says Kim Jong-un "felt very badly" about the death of US student Otto Warmbier who was imprisoned in North Korea#Hanoisummit latest: https://t.co/CbibiArgBi pic.twitter.com/QhKUA1XbMK
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) February 28, 2019
1. KIM JONG UN had US student Otto Warmbier imprisoned and tortured in N. Korea
2. PUTIN interfered in US elections.
3. MBS ordered the murder of US journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
That's 3 Brutal Authoritarian Leaders who Trump believes over his own intelligence agencies.
— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) February 28, 2019
At presser in Vietnam, Trump says he believes Kin Jong Un did not know about Otto Warmbier being mistreated.
“He tells me that he didn’t know about it, and I will take him at his word," Trump says.
Kim joins a selective list of people who Trump has given benefit of the doubt.
— James Hohmann (@jameshohmann) February 28, 2019
Trump says he believes Kim Jong Un was not responsible for what happened to Otto Warmbier.
"Those prisons are rough…He tells me that he didn’t know about it and I will take him at his word.”
Echoes of Trump previously taking Vladimir Putin at his word.
— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) February 28, 2019
Can add responsibility for the death of Otto Warmbier as something a strongman or dictator has rejected and President Trump has agreed to take them at their word.
— Micah Grimes (@MicahGrimes) February 28, 2019
Trump doesn’t think Kim had anything to do with Otto Warmbier’s death. “He felt bad about it.” About as bad as he felt after killing his brother and uncle, I bet. 🙄
— shauna (@goldengateblond) February 28, 2019
"I WILL TAKE HIM AT HIS WORD." — Trump accepts Kim Jong Un's claim that he was unaware of Otto Warmbier's situation.
Hard to imagine what Otto's family will feel upon hearing this.
— Kathryn Watson (@kathrynw5) February 28, 2019