Trump laments Otto Warmbier wasn't freed faster from North Korea
Added 09-20-19 12:58:07pm EST - “President Trump on Friday said he hosted the family and friends of Otto Warmbier for a dinner at the White House last week, and lamented that action wasn't taken to free the former North Korean prisoner more quickly.” - Thehill.com
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpMarine unit in Florida reportedly pushing to hold annual ball at Trump property Giuliani clashes with CNN's Cuomo, calls him a 'sellout' and the 'enemy' Giuliani says 'of course' he asked Ukraine to look into Biden seconds after denying it MORE on Friday said he hosted the family and friends of Otto Warmbier for a dinner at the White House last week, and lamented that action wasn’t taken to free the former North Korean prisoner more quickly.
Trump said at a press conference with the Australian prime minister that 25 people came to the White House for the dinner last Saturday “in Otto’s honor.”
Warmbier was held as a prisoner and tortured in North Korea after the country alleged he took down a piece of propaganda while there as a student in December, 2015. He died in 2017 shortly after he was returned to the United States in a coma.
Trump sparked bipartisan backlash earlier this year when he told reporters he did not believe North Korean leader Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnDennis Rodman: 'Kim Jong Un will be in America in 18 to 24 months' Kim invited Trump to visit North Korea amid stalled nuclear talks: report Trump to have dinner with Otto Warmbier's parents: report MORE was involved Warmbier’s treatment while he was held hostage.
The president recounted the dinner as he recognized his new national security adviser, Robert O’Brien, who previously served as the administration’s envoy for hostage negotiations.
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