President Trump clarifies comments about Ohio student’s death after backlash

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President Donald Trump says his view on North Korea’s role in an American college student’s death is being misinterpreted while steering clear of citing that country’s leader.

Trump took to Twitter on Friday afternoon after a statement by the late Otto Warmbier’s (warm-BEER’) parents contradicting him by blaming Kim Jong Un (gihm jung oon) “and his evil regime.” A Trump tweet says: “Of course I hold North Korea responsible for Otto’s mistreatment and death.”

Trump praised the Warmbiers as “a tremendous symbol of strong passion and strength.”

Trump didn’t walk back his earlier comments that he took Un “at his word” that he wasn’t aware of how the Ohio young man was being treated during 17 months in captivity. Warmbier died soon after his 2017 release.

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