On occasion, from tragedy, pain, and loss, comes healing, peace, and hope.
That’s the message President Trump shared with the world when he paid tribute to 22-year-old American Otto Warmbier, who was imprisoned in North Korea for “stealing a poster.”
Warmbier was abused and beaten to the point of being comatose, while in a North Korea prison.
President Trump secured his release, so Otto could die at home with his family.
Trump paid tribute to the young man, saying the peace talks with North Korea would have never happened if it weren’t for Otto.
Thank you, Otto, rest in peace, young hero.
From Town Hall
President Trump paid tribute to Otto Warmbier Tuesday after his summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, telling reporters that the historic meeting “wouldn’t have happened” if not for the 22-year-old’s death.
Warmbier, a student at the University of Virginia, was arrested and sentenced to 15 years in prison in North Korea for allegedly stealing a propaganda poster. After falling into a coma, Warmbier was brought back to the U.S. but died shortly afterwards.
“Something happened from that day, it was a terrible thing. It was brutal. But a lot of people started to focus on what was going on including North Korea. I really think that Otto is someone who did not die in vain,” Trump said.