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Anderson Cooper Blasts Trump for Otto Warmbier Remarks: ‘Playing Defense Attorney to a Dictator’

CNN’s Anderson Cooper went on a tear against President Donald Trump for his praise of Kim Jong Un, but especially for him taking the North Korean dictator at his word in the case of Otto Warmbier.

Trump did not directly blame Kim Jong Un for Warmbier’s death, instead saying, “He tells me that he didn’t know about it and I will take him at his word.”

Cooper tonight showed the video of Trump’s shocking remarks before saying this in bewilderment:

“Kim Jong Un felt badly about Otto Warmbier. A young American he imprisoned for 17 months. The president claims in fact that no one in the top leadership in North Korea knew about what happened to Otto Warmbier. He believes Kim Jong Un didn’t know about Warmbier until later. America negotiated with North Korean officials to get Warmbier, who was in a coma at that point, out of the country. Kim Jong Un didn’t know about that. And pretend for a second that he didn’t know. Well, he certainly does now. And who has been held responsible for Otto Warmbier’s killing? Who? Mr. Trump takes credit for getting Warmbier out in time to die in front of his family, what about demanding to know what actually was done to this young American? And by whom?”

Cooper reminded everyone that ‘something didn’t ‘happen'” to Warmbier––”terrible things were done” to him.

He even brought up how Trump brought Warmbier’s parents to the State of the Union last year, adding, “You know, the president says one thing to your face and when you leave the room and he’s with somebody else, he says something completely different. ‘Honor Otto’s memory.’ He isn’t honoring his memory by fawning over the man who’s responsible for his death.”

Warmbier’s parents spoke out critically about the president’s comments, after which Trump claimed he was “misinterpreted” in tweets that did not actually address his refusal to blame Warmbier’s death directly on Kim Jong Un.

Cooper said the tweets “added more insult to his injury and insult,” before reading them aloud and saying, “Nothing says ‘love’ like telling his family ‘you’re welcome.'”

“Nothing shows American resolve like playing defense attorney to a dictator,” he continued, “and nothing inspires respect in a dictator, whether it’s the one in Pyongyang or Riyadh or Moscow, in letting them lie to you and saying you believe those lies over the professionals, the American professionals whose only job and whose sole sworn duty is to tell you the truth.”

You can watch above, via CNN.

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