Trump Says ‘Otto Warmbier Did Not Die in Vain’ When Asked About Kim’s Brutal Regime in Presser


President Trump did not back down on his assertion that North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un is a “very talented” individual.

NBC News’ Hallie Jackson began the press conference confronting the president on his complimentary remarks of the dictator.

“The man you met today Kim Jong Un, as you know, has killed family members, has starved his own people, is responsible for the death of Otto Warmbier— why are you so comfortable calling him very talented?” Jackson asked.

“Well, he is very talented,” Trump responded. “Anyone who takes over a situation like he did at 26 years of age and is able to run it and run it tough. I don’t say it was nice, I don’t say anything about it. Very few people at that age, you can take one out of 10,000 probably couldn’t do it.”

He then addressed Otto Warmbier, the 23-year-old American who died in 2017 shortly after being released from imprisonment in North Korea.

“Otto Warmbier is very special person and he will be for a long time in my life,” Trump continued. “His parents are good friends of mine. I think without Otto, this would not have happened. Something happened from that day. It was a terrible thing. It was brutal. But a lot of people started to focus in what was going on, including North Korea. I really think Otto is someone who did not die in vain. I told that to his parents. A special young man and I have to say special parents, special people. Otto did not die in vain. He had a lot to do with us being here today.”

Watch the clip above, via Fox News.

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