President Trump cautiously arrived from the Republicans on Thursday because he said he believed North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un's statement that he didn't know that American college student Otto Warmbier was being treated in his country.
Republican lawmakers were cautious not to judge Trump directly, but they were told a lot differently that they believed Kim was trustworthy, especially when he had a role in Warmbier who had returned to the United States in a coma and soon died in 2017 .
As Trump led him home at a two-day summit with Kim-in Hanoi, Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) said he was still seeing North Korea as an "evil system."
"I think it starts at the top," Portman said. – And I think we have to admit we're dealing with them.
Portman, who was close to Warmbier's family in Ohio, and fought for emissions, said he had long been in favor of North Korean relations as Trump did, and that the United States had "made some progress" towards the nation's eradication.
He asked him to trust Trump in Kim, said Portman: "I think you should look at what you hear [Kim] independently."
Journalists spoke at a press conference on Thursday, Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), House Minority Leader also warned Kim of confidence.
"I don't see someone who is a friend of North Korea as a friend," McCarthy said. – We know what happened to Otto. We know what this country did. I support the President in his efforts to punish them, but I'm not mistaken about who this leader is.
Senator Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), Who in many cases was an incredible ally of Trump, said he was "not taking a minute" to have nothing to do with Warmbier. He suggested that Trump "probably leave a little room to negotiate" on broader issues with Kim saying he had trusted his account.
Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) said he was "surprised." [Trump] obviously accepted, obviously what happened to the Americans who were there. "
Other leading Republicans avoid commenting on Trump's estimate of Kim's truth.
On Thursday, Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Chief of Senate, praised Trump's performance in Hanoi, but did not mention his comments on Warmbier.
Trump and Kim suddenly shortened their summit on Thursday, according to controversial reports, why they could not reach an agreement on the demolition of Pyongyang's nuclear weapons.
At a press conference on his way home, Trump condemned the "brutality" of the North Korean regime after Warmbier's death at the age of 22, but the president made it clear that he was not personally accountable.
"I don't think it would have allowed this to happen," Trump said. "There was no advantage to make it happen."
Trump said he was talking to Kim about Warmbier's death, and Kim was "feeling bad." did not participate.
Trump's remarks have given rise to much more critical criticism from Democrats, who allegedly referred to the coding of authoritarian leaders. Among those who considered it, both senators were from Virginia, where they attended Warmbier College.
Senator Tim Kaine said that Trump had repeatedly accepted the word "dictators" as Vladimir Putin's Russian president or Mohammed bin Salman's Saudi crown prince.
"I can only imagine feeling to the Warmbier family that the President would defend Kim Jong Un," said Kaine. – Why don't you go down to the American American student family that the North Korean regime is so brutal?
On Twitter, Senator Mark R. Warner wrote, "Otto Warmbier's false arrest and brutal murder was an international event."
"Of course Kim knew about it," Warner wrote. "The US president seems to be the only one who believes this obvious lie."
Nancy Pelosi House Speaker (D-Calif.) He said it was "strange" that Trump continued to say "gangsters" like Kim and Putin.
Steny H. Hoyer, Democratic Leader of House 2 (Md.) He said he was "worried" that Trump had taken Kim out of his word when he claimed innocence in Warmbier's brutal death.
"Such statements disrupt this young man's memory and cause further pain to his mourning family," Hoyer said.
Josh Dawsey, Carol Morello and Felicia Sonmez contributed to the report.