Lawmakers call Otto Warmbier's treatment "unforgivable" after Trump defends Kim

Elias Hubbard
March 1, 2019

Donald Trump took Kim Jong Un's word that he knew nothing of the torture of an American college student while in North Korean custody, an about-face that sparked a bipartisan backlash back home on Thursday.

"They wanted sanctions to be lifted in their entirety and we couldn't do that", Trump told reporters at a press conference in Hanoi, after the summit ended early.

Trump is the first sitting USA president to have met with a North Korean leader. "We couldn't do that".

On "Outnumbered" Thursday, Fox News strategic analyst Gen. Jack Keane (Ret.) said he sees the second Trump-Kim summit as a positive step as opposed to a setback.

"Sometimes you have to walk, and this was just one of those times".

North Korea says it made "realistic proposals at the summit". "T$3 he departure was with an agreement that we would continue to work on what has been an incredibly hard problem".

"No agreement was reached at this time, but their respective teams look forward to meeting in the future", she said.

Kim, for the first time, affably parried with the worldwide press without having to account for his government's long history of oppression.

Trump's version of the negotiation received support on Thursday from an unlikely source, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who criticized Trump for holding the summit at all but said he was right to walk away from the table. But it just wasn't appropriate. "I'd much rather do it right than do it fast".

The 22-year-old OH native was returned to the United States in a coma and died shortly afterwards.

"A company that is trying to do business in North Korea doesn't have time to navigate [the myriad bureaucratic] hurdles", said a second relief worker.

"I'm feeling good because nothing really bad happened, and we have a prospect of using the momentum of the meeting of heads of state to propel working-level discussions, with the understanding here that both sides have invested politically in this, and leaders have invested personally in this, and they want it to work", Gallucci said. Smiling widely, Trump reportedly hailed the autocrat as a "great leader", and in return, Kim called him "courageous". "That country has such potential".

It had appeared Trump was moving toward offering Pyongyang concessions on a peace deal, sanctions and liaison offices in return for "promises to make promises to move toward (nuclear) disablement and dismantlement", a congressional aide said on condition of anonymity.

With much of the USA media covering the Trump-Kim summit as a win for Kim and and loss for Trump, Becker explained to Kiriakou that it was just a sign that "they have a consensus position of absolute hostility towards peace breaking out in the Korean Peninsula".

Pelosi said it's "strange", as Trump has in the past taken the word of Russian President Vladimir Putin over the USA intelligence community with regard to election meddling. "We are certainly closer today than we were 36 hours ago, and we were closer then than we were a month or two before that", he said. Cohen stopped short of alleging coordination with Russian Federation to win the 2016 presidential election - a fact Trump mentioned at the press conference, noting there was "no collusion" with Russian Federation.

Trump went even further in his optimism, saying he still believes "we'll end up being very good friends with Chairman Kim and with North Korea". And while he did not directly address Ri's remarks in his address to troops there, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said he was aware of them.

"We will never forget Otto", she said.

The two leaders had been expected to announce progress on denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and to sign a joint agreement.

The Singapore summit, the first between a sitting USA president and a North Korean leader, produced a vague statement in which Kim pledged to work toward denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

The Washington Post called the turn of events "a diplomatic failure".

"We couldn't quite get there today", Pompeo said, minimizing what seemed to be a chasm between the two sides.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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