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Otto Warmbier’s Parents Respond to Trump: ‘No Excuses or Lavish Praise’ Change Kim’s Role in Son’s Death

Otto Warmbier‘s parents issued a statement Friday in response to President Donald Trump defending North Korean leader Kim Jong Un‘s role in the torture and death of their son.

“We have been respectful during this summit process,” the Cindy and Fred Warmbier wrote in a statement reported by MSNBC. “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 wrote.

During a press conference in Vietnam this week, Trump absolved Kim of responsibility for the death of Warmbier, an American student who was imprisoned in North Korea, tortured and returned to the United States with brain damage, where he died.

“He tells me he didn’t know about it, and I take him at his word,” Trump said of Kim.

The U.S. president also made sure to lavish praise on the North Korean dictator during their summit. In an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity, Trump called Kim “very smart” and “a real leader.”

“The relationship is very good,” Trump said. “He likes me, I like him. Some people say ‘you should not like him.’ I say, ‘Why shouldn’t I like him?’ I like him. Get along great. We will see what happens.”

Watch MSNBC report the statement above.

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