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Trump defends N. Korea's Kim in Otto Warmbier case

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Published on February 28, 2019 - Duration: 01:13s

Trump defends N. Korea's Kim in Otto Warmbier case

U.S. President Donald Trump said he believed North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "felt badly" and was unaware of the details about American prisoner Otto Warmbier, who died in 2017 shortly after being released from a North Korean prison.

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Trump defends N. Korea's Kim in Otto Warmbier case

ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday (February 28) that he believed North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was unaware of the medical condition of an American prisoner who died in 2017 shortly after being released from a North Korean prison.

U.S. college student Otto Warmbier died days after he was returned to the United States in a coma, and an Ohio coroner said the cause of death was lack of oxygen and blood to the brain.

Pyongyang has blamed botulism and ingestion of a sleeping pill for Warmbier's death and dismissed torture claims. In December, a U.S. court ordered Pyongyang to pay $501 million in damages for Warmbier's torture and death.

But on Thursday, Trump said he would take Kim "at his word" when he said he didn't know about it.

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