The parents of Otto Warmbier, the American college student who died in 2017 after being returned from his detention in North Korea, released a statement on Friday following President Trump’s defense of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un over their son’s death.
“We have been respectful during this summit process,” Fred and Cindy Warmbier said in a statement. “Now we must speak out.”
“Kim and his evil regime are responsible for the death of our son Otto. Kim and his evil regime are responsible for unimaginable cruelty and inhumanity. No excuses or lavish praise can change that,” they said.
During a press conference with Kim on Thursday in Hanoi, Vietnam, the president tried to assure reporters that Kim wasn’t responsible for Warmbier’s harsh captivity.
“He tells me he didn’t know about it, and I take him at his word,” Trump said.
Trump told reporters that the North Korean leader was aware of Warmbier’s case “but he knew it later.”
“And, you know, you’ve got a lot of people. Big country. Lot of people. And in those prisons and those camps, you have a lot of people,” Trump said. “And some really bad things happened to Otto. Some really bad things.”