President Trump dismissed Kim Jong-un Otto Warmbier's death, an American student who died in North Korea in 2017, after generating anger and sympathy with the young man's family on Thursday as a US political leader.
Before Hanoi, the Vietnam Summit suddenly ended, Mr Trump said he and Kim, the North Korean leader, had discussed Mr Warmbier and that Mr. Kim felt bad about what had happened to the Americans. Mr Warmbier soon died after the United States was released, and doctors said he suffered catastrophic brain damage.
Referring to Mr. Kim, Mr. Trump said, "He says he didn't know about him, and I'll grab him for his word."
He also said: "I don't think he would have allowed this to happen, but he didn't have the advantage of making it happen. These prisons are rough, rough places, and bad things have happened. But I really don't believe he, I don't think he knew about it.
Mr. Trump's comments that echoed other remarks made by the autocratic foreign leaders, which contradict the evaluation of their own intelligence agencies, aroused the wrath of the Democrats, and many Republicans cautiously gave critical answers.
In Ohio, Mr. Warmbier's home state, Senator Rob Portman, the Republican, seemed to be interrupted by Mr Trump's position and told a journalist: "We must remember Otto and we can never let North Korea take it off."
Senator Sherrod Brown, an Ohio Democrat, said in an e-mail: "North Korea murdered Otto Warmbier, and it is up to the US President to make sure that they face the consequences. Anything that is missing is unacceptable.
He said that Mr. Trump "sent a message to dictators from all over the world that he believed that autocrats were lying or covering, or when they would justify the policies leading to the death of people."
Nikki R. Haley, former United Nations President Ambassador and former Republican Governor of South Carolina, said on Twitter: "Americans are aware of the cruelty of the North Korean regime by Otto Warmbier."
Mr. Warmbier, University of Virginia, In 2016, he was sentenced to 15 years of imprisonment and hard labor after being accused of stealing a propaganda board during a North Korean trip. He spent more than a year there before he could return to the United States in a serious state. He died in June 2017.
Mr Trump referred earlier to Warmbier's injuries as an example of the brutality of the North Korean government. During his first EU position with Mr. Warmbier's parents in the gallery, Mr. Trump condemned Kim as a leader who brutally broke his people and had to give up his nuclear program.
Some of the President's critics questioned on Thursday that Mr. Kim, who was ironing, was unaware of what had happened to a senior US detainee detained in the country for over a year.
In an interview with CNN, Bill Richardson, a former Mexican Democrat governor who was President Bill Clinton and a member of the United Nations for North Korean affairs, said it was "inconceivable" that Mr. Kim was "not" I know "Mr. Warmbier's details of his detention. The so-called" biggest bargaining position "North Korea with the United States.
"It's not right to make this thing hang out, and the president needs to know better," Mr. Richardson said. He said there was a need for "full accounting" but "he wouldn't do it, hide it" in North Korea.
Last year, Mr Warmbier's parents, Fred and Cindy Warmbier, launched a federal lawsuit against the autocratic government in the United States and received more than $ 501 million in damages. The lawsuit shed light on human rights abuses in North Korea, saying that the couple's son was so tortured that he returned to the deaf, blind and could not communicate. (It seemed very unlikely that they would get anything from the Warmbiers North Korea.)
Warmbiers tried to sue Trump President he returned North Korea to the State Department of Terrorist State Support at the end of 2017.
On Thursday it was not possible to arrive immediately with the family.
The Trump Administration was the daily leader of Saudi Arabia, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman US intelligence agencies concluded that the prince probably ordered the murder of a US resident Jamal Khashoggi journalist in Istanbul in October.
In November, a remarkable statement, Mr Trump said, "It is very possible that the Crown Prince knew this tragic event – maybe he was, and maybe not!"
"We may never know all the facts about the murder of Jamal Khashoggi," he added. – In any case, we have a relationship with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
On Thursday, Nancy Pelosi, Member of the House's Democratic Rapporteur, recalled the remarks made by Mr Trump, former President Vladimir Putin, and questioned the conclusions of his own intelligence agencies, which Moscow intervened in the 2016 presidential election.
"Strange," he said he said on his weekly briefing. "I don't know. Something wrong with Putin, Kim Jong-un – in my opinion – the gangsters," the president decides to believe.
Mr Trump and Mr Kim completed the second summit on Thursday after failing to agree on nuclear disarmament or measures to alleviate tensions in the Korean Peninsula.
In Capitol, Senator Mitch McConnell, leader of the Republican majority in Kentucky, praised Mr. Trump's "smart" treatment of North Korea and said "to be praised for walking." .