Shortly after President Donald Trump sent out a tweet this afternoon stating that he appreciated China’s help with North Korea but that it ‘has not worked out” in the wake of Otto Warmbier’s death, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) responded to the president’s comments during an MSNBC interview.
While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out. At least I know China tried!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 20, 2017
“I don’t know why he put the exclamation point on there,” Franken noted, responding to Trump writing “At least I know China tried!”
Adding that he doubts the president knows that and it is unknown if Chinese President Xi Jinping did “anything” to help get Warmbier released, the Minnesota lawmaker remarked on Trump’s relationship with China.
“May I say that the president might be gullible when it comes to China,” Franken stated.
Franken went on to add that he believed what occurred to Warmbier was “equivalent to murder” and that if he were Warmbier’s parents, he’d consider that to be the case.
Following some tough talk about the China’s inability to solve issues with North Korea, Trump reversed course after meeting with Xi in April, stating that he “realized it’s not so easy” after his conversation with the Chinese leader.
Watch the clip above, via MSNBC.
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