Trump just gave Otto Warmbier’s parents a hypocritical slap in the face after their morning criticisms


President Trump has been bristling over the past few days over the barrage of criticism that he’s faced for his pandering handholding of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un during this week’s unproductive summit in Vietnam.

During the meetings, he spoke enviously of the deference that Kim Jong-un’s staff showed him, exonerated him of any role in the imprisonment and mysterious death of American tourist Otto Warmbier, and heaped praise on the Korean leader in a desperate and ham-fisted attempt to secure a peace deal and hopefully a Nobel Peace Prize along with it.

Predictably, his words sparked a host of outrage from Korea hawks in the political establishment and the media, along with a stirring condemnation from the parents of the deceased Warmbier, blasting Jong-un’s “unimaginable cruelty and inhumanity” and warned the president that “no excuses or lavish praise can change that.”

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Of course, it was only a matter of time before our cable news junky president responded to the brutal hammering he’s been receiving over his cowardly and unAmerican behavior in Vietnam. Now, he’s done just that.

Trump took to Twitter to claim he’s been “misinterpreted,” perhaps forgetting — or more likely simply ignoring — the fact that his comments were captured on video and have been consistently presented with full context. Since he can never resist the urge to boast, even at deeply inappropriate times, Trump reminded his followers that he “got Otto out along with three others,” adding a jab at the Obama administration for doing “nothing.”

The president then said he holds “North Korea” responsible, but once again failed to blame totalitarian dictator Kim Jong-un for Warmbier’s brutal treatment, presumably because he still wants to ingratiate himself with the murderous leader.


Trump ended his little tweet burst by giving lip service to Warmbier’s memory by saying he will not have “died in vain,” adding that he “loves” him and thinks of him often, something which is almost certainly a lie coming from the infamously self-centered Trump. The entire thing was dripping in insincerity and is clearly nothing more than an attempt at damage control after his previous comments were met with so much widespread anger.

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Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.