Trump desecrated Otto Warmbier: Darcy cartoon

March 3, 2019

Trump desecrated Otto Warmbier: Darcy cartoon

CLEVELAND, Ohio-- While walking out of his summit with his “good friend” Kim Jong Un, President Trump trampled over the grave of Otto Warmbier and the sensitivity of his parents, Fred and Cindy, by refusing to hold Kim Jong Un responsible for the death of the student from Cincinnati, Ohio.

At his press conference announcing the abrupt ending of the summit, Trump was asked about Warmbier on the third anniversary of his death, after being brutalized in the custody of North Korea.  

Trump said Kim Jong Un had told him he wasn’t aware of Warmbier’s treatment at the time, and Trump took his word for it.

“Some really bad things happened to Otto- some really, really bad things.  But he (Kim) tells me that he didn’t know about it, and I will take him at his word.”

“I really don’t think it was in his interest at all,” Trump said of Kim, adding that Kim “knew the case very well, but he knew it later.”

Trump’s comments on Kim echoed his taking the word of Vladimir Putin that he didn’t interfere in the U.S. Election, and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, that he didn’t order the assassination of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi.

Warmbier had been sentenced to years of hard labor in North Korea for taking a propaganda poster off a hotel hallway while on a visit to the country.  He was released early and returned to the United States in a vegetative state, dying soon after.

Former U.S. Intelligence Chiefs and U.N. Ambassadors have said the idea that Kim Jong Un didn’t know what was happening to Warmbier “is absurd,” especially since he was a high-profile captive of North Korea, at the time when tensions between the U.S. and North Korea was high.

Kim Jong Un is known for taking brutality to a new level in North Korea, ordering the deaths of his Uncle and his brother.

Trump’s comments were roundly denounced in the United States, most notably with this  statement issued by Fred and Cindy Warmbier:

“We have been respectful during this summit process.  Now we must speak out. Kim and his evil regime are responsible for the death of our son Otto.  Kim and his evil regime are responsible for unimaginable cruelty and inhumanity.  No excuses or lavish praise can change that.”

Trump responded to the outrage by tweeting he was “misinterpreted” and blaming Obama for not doing enough.

“I never like being misinterpreted, but especially when it comes to Otto Warmbier and his great family.  Remember, I go Otto out along with three others.  The previous Administration did nothing, and he was taken on their watch.  Of course I hold North Korea responsible...

...for Otto’s mistreatment and death.  Most important, Otto Warmbier will not have died in vain.  Otto and his family have become a tremendous symbol or strong passion and strength, which will last for many years into the future.  I love Otto and I think of him often,” said the pathological lying President.

Trump wasn’t “misinterpreted.”  Note also in his clarifying tweet that he still doesn’t hold Kim Jong Un responsible by name, he writes “North Korea” is responsible.

Cindy and Frank Warmbier have been “respectful during the process”, Trump has not.  The Warmbier’s have shown “strength” Trump has shown weakness to Kim Jong Un, Putin and Crown Prince MBS.

Trump was willing to desecrate the grave of Otto Warmbier to avoid demeaning a despot.

Imagine how Trump would react if the Kim Jong Un regime had done to Don Jr, Ivanka, Eric, Tiffany or Barron what they did to Otto Warmbier.

The biggest failure of the North Korea summit was Trump’s comments on Otto Warmbier’s captivity.  The President owes the Warmbiers and nation an apology.