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Rick Santorum Rips Trump Over Otto Warmbier Comments: ‘This is Reprehensible’

Rick Santorum lambasted President Donald Trump for his comments defending North Korean leader Kim Jong Un over the torture and death of Otto Warmbier, after Kim denied knowledge of the imprisoned American student’s condition.

“He felt badly about it. I did speak to him. He felt very badly,” Trump said at a press conference from his summit with Kim in Hanoi, Vietnam. “He tells me that he didn’t know about it and I will take him at his word.”

“Those prisons are rough, and bad things happen, but I really don’t believe he knew about it,” Trump said.

Santorum was asked about Trump’s comments on CNN Thursday, and said: “this is the conundrum of Donald Trump for many of us who like his policies and don’t like a lot of the things he does and says.”

The former Pennsylvania senator made sure to praise Trump for walking away from his summit with Kim, after failing to come to an agreement on denuclearization, calling it “a wonderful moment in his presidency.”

“But this is reprehensible, what he just did,” Santorum told CNN’s John Berman. “He gave cover, as you just said, to a leader who knew very well what was going on with Otto Warmbier. I don’t understand why the president does this, I am disappointed, to say the least, that he did it.”

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