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By Dartunorro Clark
President Donald Trump was confronted on Thursday with a bipartisan blow, saying he did not believe that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was responsible for the death of the Otto Warmbier US student.
"We must remember Otto, and we should never let North Korea know what happened to it," Senator Rob Portman, R-Ohio, representing the Warmbier family at home, said. finished his second summit in Vietnam.
Trump said on Thursday at a press conference in Hanoi at the end of the summit that he hadn't kept Kimi for Warmbier's death.
"I don't think he knew about it," said Trump Kim. – He says he doesn't know about him, and I'll grab him.
Trump's comments are a reversal of his earlier statements. In 2018, he criticized the "deprived character" of North Korea as the title of the EU and blamed the country's "dictatorship" for Warmbier's injuries and possible death.
Warmbier, 22, was arrested for taking a propaganda banner from a hotel while visiting Pyongyang in January 2016, then being sentenced to 15 years of hard labor. He suffered terrible injuries and soon died after being released after 17 months of imprisonment. The cause of death is unknown as it is injured.
Nancy Pelosi House Speaker, D-Calif, said Thursday's "President's strange" remarks.
"There's something wrong with Putin, Kim Jong Un – in my opinion – the villains – what the president decides to believe," he said.
Senator Mark Warner, D-Va., Commented by Trump, "an obvious lie".
"Otto Warmbier's false arrest and brutal murder was an international event," Warner said. "Of course Kim knew about it. The US president seems to be the only one who thinks this is an obvious lie."
Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Accused Trump of climbing out of Kim for the death of the listener.
– One American president never dictated to dictators @realDonaldTrumpsaid a beep.
Trump suddenly ended his Kim Summit without making concessions to Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program. Some lawmakers have approved the move, hoping that the door will remain open to prevent diplomacy and prevent inappropriate business.
“Walking further away from the summit was better than a bad occupation. This is also the result of a poorly planned strategy, ”Adam Schiff, Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday. "But accepting Kim's denial of participation in the death of Warmbier? Detestable, and looking back at accepting the rejection of Trump's two dictators."
"The Americans know that the North Korean regime has caused cruelty to Otto Warmbier," Nikki Haley, former US ambassador to Trump on Thursday.
Rick Santorum, former Republican Pennsylvania sen. He told CNN that he was "condemned" to Trump covering Kim for the death of Warmbier.
"This is the horrors of Donald Trump among many of us who love his politics and do not like the many things he says and says … It is unforgivable what he did," said Santorum, who credited the president for not dealing with Kim. with. "I mean he covered … a leader who knew very well what was going on with Otto Warmbier. And again, I don't understand why he's doing this, I'm disappointed to say that he did the least."
Senator Mitt Romney, R-Utah, member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told reporters that "no question" North Korea is responsible for human rights violations when asked about Warmbier's death.
"I've never heard someone who jumped into something bad and said," Yes, I did, I did, "Romney said. "I think it is not questionable whether the North Korean government is responsible for human rights violations and atrocities."
Senator Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, said it was hard to believe that Kim didn't know what had happened to Warmbier compared to Trump, considering Vladimir Putin's Russian words on US intelligence that Russia had not intervened in 2016. t
"I think the President is very sensitive in this regard," he said. "It seems to have a very strange affinity for dictators … very strange, and I think it's wrong."