On his face Kim claims that he did not know that Warmbier's arrest and treatment was not ridiculous. Kim controls North Korea with an iron fist. Don't you know if an American college student was arrested in your country? Is it missing that Warmbier's arrest and imprisonment has become a huge national and international story? And in 18 months, Warmbier did not hold anyone to ever see Kim in his government to mention American prisoners?
As I said, it's incredible.
Then why did Trump return to Warmbieren and North Korea? Simple: Because it was politically expedient.
To do this, Trump is willing to say and do what is needed – even to hand over a violent dictator to imprisonment and abuse of an American college student. to the United States in a vegetative state and died later.
While Trump's willingness to ignore Kim's clarity about Warmbier is likely to be more likely (though at the moment, who knows?) The question is, which cost? What moral principles and stocks are we willing to sacrifice in the world to shock a dictator who has a terrible human rights record?
Trump's response – at least on Thursday – seems to be our moral principle. Because if we have to accept that Kim Jong Un knew nothing about what happened to Otto Warmbier, what other atrocities would be involved?
Rick Santorum told CNN Thursday morning.