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Trump: I don’t think North Korea’s Kim had role in US student’s death

/ 04:39 PM February 28, 2019
Trump: I don't think North Korea's Kim had role in US student's death

President Donald Trump listens to a question during a news conference after a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, in Hanoi. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

HANOI, Vietnam — US President Donald Trump said he doesn’t think North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was involved in the mistreatment of American college student Otto Warmbier (WARM’-beer), who died after being detained in the isolated country.

Trump said of Kim: “He tells me that he didn’t know about it, and I will take him at his word.”

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Trump has taken credit for freeing American prisoners abroad and used Warmbier’s death as a rallying cry against the North’s human rights abuses before softening his rhetoric before talks with Kim.

Warmbier, a University of Virginia student from Ohio, was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in 2016 on suspicion of stealing a propaganda poster. He died in June 2017, shortly after being sent home in a coma.

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His parents say he was tortured. /kga

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