Otto Warmbier was an American college student who was imprisoned in North Korea in 2016.
The 21-year-old Virginia undergrad, who was in the authoritarian state as part of a tour, was arrested for reportedly trying to steal a poster from his hotel room. He was originally sentenced to 15 years of hard labor.
However, After much pleading with the North Korea, Warmbier arrived home a year and a half later. But just days after his release from the dictator state in 2017, Warmbier, for unknown reasons, fell into a coma. He would eventually die.
On Thursday, President Trump was asked whether him and Kim Jong Un discussed Warmbier to which Trump said that yes, that subject was raised and that North Korea’s dictator told him he doesn’t know what happened.
Trump responded by saying that he believes the dictator, taking him at his word.
— TIME (@TIME) February 28, 2019