Well, that’s a stunning admission.
President Trump claimed the U.S. didn’t pay $2 million for the return of American student Otto Warmbier from his North Korean captors and now National Security Advisory claims the Trump administration “pledged” to make the payment but didn’t follow through.
Anti-Trump protesters will jump all over this like crazy because it looks like Trump was going to negotiate with a terrorist regime to get back one of our own. I am sure it’s been done down throughout history. Trump made the claim he “didn’t” pay the requested amount is 100% correct. The story should end there but it won’t. Expect this to have legs for a few days.
— FoxNewsSunday (@FoxNewsSunday) April 28, 2019
The U.S. signed a document pledging to pay North Korea $2 million for the medical care of American student Otto Warmbier in return for his release but didn’t follow through, National Security Adviser John Bolton said Sunday.
“That’s what I am told,” Bolton told correspondent Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday” when asked whether the U.S. had signed the agreement, which would have occurred before Bolton joined the Trump administration in 2018. “No money was paid. That is clear.”
Warmbier, a University of Virginia student who was arrested for pulling down a sign in Pyongyang in January 2016, was sentenced to 15 years in prison. North Korea released Warmbier to the U.S. in 2017, at which point he was in a coma. He died days later.
The Washington Post reported last week that Pyongyang presented the U.S. with a $2 million medical bill before allowing Warmbier to be flown home. In a tweet Friday, President Donald Trump on Friday denied that the U.S. had paid that bill. [Reuters]
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) April 26, 2019
Warmbier had been sentenced to 15 years of prison and hard labor back in March 2016 for stealing a political propaganda poster from his hotel in Pyongyang, North Korea. He spent 17 months in prison before he was medically evacuated to the U.S.
When he arrived in the U.S., on June 13, 2017, Americans learned he was in a vegetative state. He died six days later.
Do you think John Bolton had permission to give that statement? Does this hurt President Trump in any way?