Trump: I Take Kim Jong Un At His Word He Wasn't Involved With Otto Warmbier, "He Felt Badly About It"

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President Trump said North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un told him he had nothing to do with the treatment of deceased ex-American prisoner Otto Warmbier and that he takes him at his word. Trump said it was not in Kim's "interest" and it "wasn't to his advantage" to have let Warmbier fall into a coma while imprisoned in North Korea.

Trump held a press conference after the summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un ended early with no deal.

"I did speak about it, and I don't believe that he would have allowed that to happen," Trump said of Otto Warmbier's death. "It just wasn't to his advantage to allow that to happen. Those prisons are rough, they're rough places and bad things happened... I don't believe he knew about it."





"He felt badly about it. He knew the case very well, but he knew it later," Trump said of Kim Jong Un. "In those prisons and those camps you have a lot of people. And some really bad things happened to Otto, some really, really bad things. He tells me that he didn't know about it, and I will take him at his word."

REPORTER: You have a personal relationship and I believe Vice President Pence does with the family of Otto Warmbier.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: I do.

REPORTER: I'm wondering, you've talked this week about Kim Jong Un being 'my friend.' You called him on Twitter, you said you had a great relationship. Have you in Singapore or here confronted Kim Jong Un about Otto Warmbier's death?

TRUMP: I have.

REPORTER: Has he taken responsibility and what has he said to you, and why do you call him your friend?

TRUMP: I have. And I talked about it. And I really don't think it was in his interest at all. I know the Warmbier family very well. I think they're an incredible family. What happened is horrible. I really believe something horrible happened to him, and I really don't think the top leadership knew about it.

And when they had to send him home -- by the way, I got the prisoners back, I got the hostages back. And Otto was one of the hostages but Otto came back in a shape that was not even to be talked about. I thought it was horrible.

Now, the others came back extremely healthy but Otto came back in a condition that was just terrible. And I did speak about it, and I don't believe that he would have allowed that to happen. It just wasn't to his advantage to allow that to happen. Those prisons are rough, they're rough places and bad things happened. But I really don't believe that he was -- I don't believe he knew about it.

REPORTER: Did he tell you that -- did Kim Jong Un tell you?

TRUMP: He felt badly about it. He knew the case very well, but he knew it later. And you've got a lot of people, big country, a lot of people. And in those prisons and those camps you have a lot of people. And some really bad things happened to Otto, some really, really bad things. He tells me that he didn't know about it, and I will take him at his word.

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