Trump just gave COVER to Kim Jong Un over Otto Warmbier’s death and Rick Santorum is not happy about it…

We just wrote to you about the Trump-Kim summit ending abruptly with no deal.

But that’s only one headline from the summit.

Here’s another one:

President Donald Trump says he doesn’t think North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was involved in the mistreatment of American college student Otto Warmbier, who died after being detained in the North.

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

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.

His parents say he was tortured.

Here’s the video:



Kim Jong Un is an evil leader who runs his country a lot like his father. We’re talking horrific things they do to the North Korean people.

For Trump to give Kim Jong Un cover like this is unbelievable.

In fact Rick Santorum called it reprehensible:

Santorum says this is the conundrum of Donald Trump for many who like his policies but don’t like some of the things he does and says.

And he’s right. Remember how after the first summit Trump was praising Kim as a great leader? Many of us were shocked by it, but clearly Trump had no problem saying it, even if it was just a tactic to get Kim to comply.

So here we are again, where it appears that Trump not only won’t criticize Kim over the death of Otto Warmbier, but suggests he had nothing to do with it.

Ugh.

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TXGRunner
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Kim Jung Un Vladimir Putin Bashar Asad Recip Erdogan Rodrigo Duterte AMLO (Adres Obrador) Xi Jinping This president sees no advantage in calling out these tyrants, dictators, political assassins, and communist acolytes. Right and wrong was never an issue in business negotiations, and it’s not an issue to him now. He will praise them to the hilt, pretend they are clean and pure as the wind-driven snow, and even attack anyone who alleges these thug leaders are evil. He figures he is gaining an advantage in treating them with respect and honoring them. In fairness, our previous president was equally bad, just with different dictators. Obama attacked leaders in Honduras who followed their Constitution in impeaching and removing a Castro/Chavez acolyte. Obama attacked the Thai military for removing a dysfunctional and corrupt government under a supreme law regarding political instability. At the same time he condescendingly berated Philippine leader Rodrigo… Read more »

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People use that comment now and then, but it’s not really providing cover. It’s not really saying you believe the person and are defending his innocence, but rather you have nothing to dispute it and no reason to doubt the person is being honest. He’s trying to persuade KJU to get rid of his nukes and his nuclear program. Coming out and calling him a liar would be very detrimental to his cause.

I don’t know why people expect him to come away from these meetings trashing KJU. The only thing it would accomplish is destroying any chances of any progress. I’m sure you all remember how it was when they were calling each other names. I would be disgusted if he said KJU is a great man and is very good for his people or something, but he didn’t.

msliberty
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That’s exactly how I’ve read this all along. It so awful that Otto & his parents have had to go through such a horrible tragedy. Trump shouldn’t have said anything.

kong1967
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GMTA.

msliberty
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wink

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I don’t pretend to know the ins and outs of delicate international diplomacy, but I was watching live a lot of the coverage yesterday of the meeting (what they showed) between Trump and Kim. I was very impressed with the way Trump seemed to dominate the atmosphere between the two of them. And Kim even opened up in a rare moment of answering questions from reporters. I never heard his voice before. So between this visit, and the first one they had last June, Trump has been establishing a personal-sort of relationship with Kim, something no other US president has come close to doing. I believe that he’s doing this to lay the foundation for the diplomatic negotiations. It’s very easy for us to be armchair quarterbacks on this subject of the horrible tragedy of Otto Warmbier’s death, but there may be more going on here that we don’t know… Read more »

msliberty
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Agree

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One of the big tragedies of the Otto Warmbier story is that his parents refused to allow him to be autopsied after his death. It may have given more information about exactly what was done to Otto. I must wonder why they made that decision. If it had been my son, I would want to know all the details.

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You Sir, are no Ronald Reagan. I don’t care what anyone says. Diplomacy? He killed an American. And not just killed. Sent him back, with his parents assuming they’d get their son back, but they sent him back beaten up and dying. Like a dog. How generous of the little b******. Shame on you, Trump!

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…and there are some who regularly post on this forum who denigrate, attack, and trash Reagan with #fakehistory in defense of the current president. Clinton’s defenders did the same thing. To defend Bill Clinton’s actions, they trashed Washington, Jefferson, and many other former presidents so he didn’t seem bad by comparison.

For some, personalities are far more important than policy.

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The worst of it was prosperity gospel pastor, Robert Jeffress. Jeffress went on television and said Reagan was a serial philanderer so he could defend Trump’s affair with Stormy Daniels.

cookiebob
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Trump seems to be really naive when it comes to believing bad people. You would think he would be more skeptical after his life.

He also seems to have believed Cohen. So many Democrats say Cohen was so believable, well, I guess Trump thought so too, that’s why he followed his advice.

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Trump’s more easy to understand and predict when you factor his “yuge, beautiful” ego and his arrogance. He TRULY believes that NO ONE could possibly lie to his face, in fact they’d be unable.

After all, that’s why he’s so indignant when someone leaves his administration and contradicts what the Class-A schmuck said or did.

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The president knows Kim Jung Un is a brutal thug and dictator, but that isn’t important to him. He knows Bashar Asad is an evil man, that Putin has opponents murdered, and that some of the people he praises are condoning summary execution by death squads. He thinks Erdogan is a good guy.

He knows these are bad people, and he doesn’t care. By praising them, dismissing the allegations against them. and showing them respect he figures he can gain an advantage.

Never in his life was there a moral aspect to his negotiations. There was business, and right vs. wrong didn’t enter into it. He just doesn’t factor that in.

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We’ve also given up on denuclearization.

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Disgusting. I wonder how that poor boy’s parents feel about it after thinking Trump was some kinda different. Must be politic about the actions of a supreme dictator! How Neville Chamberlain of him.

And if he honestly thinks Kim was there to give up his nukes, he’s nuts. They’ll never give up their nukes. That’s the only reason he’s important enough to sit across from “the leader of the free world.” They give him status and power. No, he’s not giving that up. He wanted sanctions lifted and him to make “promises” that would never materialize. Any fool knows that…except Pres. Trump and his advisors.

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GUYS!!! TAKE A STEP BACK FOR GOD’S SAKE.

Wargame the following in your head for a moment & ask yourself what would have happened:

How would Trump look politically doing that IMMEDIATELY after failed talks because of NoKo’s insistence on lifting the sanctions? It’d wouldn’t look good to say the least.

How would Kim Jong Un & the NoKo’s have responded after being called out like that? Do you think it’s a possibility that he would tell Trump to shove it, RESTART & ACCELERATE his nuke program & three years of diplomacy is dead because of Trump?

Take a deep breath everyone!

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I agree.

msliberty
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Exactly!

kong1967
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I agree. I don’t understand why people want Trump to trash someone he’s trying to make important deals with. It would only destroy any progress they have made.

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He’s not giving him cover, he’s being diplomatic. Nuclear weapons are a much bigger deal than Otto Warmbier. Santorum is an idiot and always has been a has been.

cookiebob
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Yes, that is obvious isn’t it? I don’t know how this all ends. But I do know that what’s happened to Trump is very unfair.

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I’m not sure if it would be more, or less appalling if this was the first time this had happened. Because as we all know, it’s not.

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Just what the hell would you armchair diplomats have said? So quick to criticize. President Trump is in negotiations with a known murderous dictator with nukes and trying bring peace to the peninsula. Not the time to beat a dead horse.

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

Vat Jews? I havs no ideaz vhat you are talking about. Camps? You mean, ze German summer camps for our proud youths? I am told zhey have great fun there.

lol, ok Hitler, whatever you say.

kong1967
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Exaggerate much? What do you expect him to do….trash KJU and call him a liar so it will totally destroy any progress in negotiations? If he did that you would trash him for being so dumb that he’s destroying the process.

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Those who like his policies should suck it up about his principles because you knew he has none, atleast conservative ones. Suddenly wanting him to develop principles in his 70s is absurd.

Go ahead and complain all you want, but also know that it isnt gonna happen. He will do what he feels right to try to get a deal done.

Also, Santorum WHO ??

Tracy
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We would have been much better off with the hag, how silly of me to like some of what Trump does when he is obviously such a terrible person.

Thor77
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Well, atleast you are getting policies you want. Those who are complaining just don’t want to pay the price for those policies, even though it was known upfront

Tracy
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I’m sad we didnt have a perfect choice too.

Thor77
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Only when it comes to my better half razz

AT
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That’s like saying: Look at the bright side, you were only raped. You could have been raped AND murdered.

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Tracy
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I guess.

We only had those two choices to become president. Thanks, primary voters!

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“Santorum says this is the conundrum of Donald Trump for many who like his policies but don’t like some of the things he does and says.”

It would be nice if this conundrum didn’t pop up so often.

BlackR1
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Less of a “Conumdrum.”
More of a “Continuous Habit.”

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If my choice is between holding a dictator accountable for everything that happens in his country and create an adversarial relationship, or give him a bye on something that can’t be changed which allows me to get hostages released, remains sent home and a less threatening posture from the dictator, I will go with the latter.

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See, I’d invite the dictator on the pretext of productive negotiations, and then have a wetworks team disappear him when he went to the bathroom.

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I’m sure he’s playing politics… But it doesn’t make it any less reprehensible.

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As smart in some things as Trump is in others he’s stupid. Just because UnStable was “nice” to him doesn’t mean he’s not a cold blooded dictator. Geesh!

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Bad Trump….he just doesn’t know when to shut it!

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You can’t poke a bear and expect to get away unscathed. You have to soothe the bear and tempt it with treats if you want to capture and cage it. You catch more flies with honey than vinegar. And playing the political and diplomatic game is most often very unpleasant and leaves a nasty taste in your mouth.

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Nothing like this happens in a totalitarian state without the express approval of the dictator.
Bad Tromp

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That POTUS gets his balls ripped off in negotiations by that little pot-bellied pig and then grovels to him afterward. Disgraceful, pathetic, embarrassing are entirely too mild of descriptors regarding this performance. It makes Beto look manly. If Obama would have done this …fat-faced Limbaugh would explode the EIB golden microphone with his ranting.

Just go back to DC and let Nancy slice of the rest of your manhood. She’s kicked your ass in the last month anyway, might as well let her finish the job.

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Please tell me exactly how he got his balls ripped off in the negotiations because I obviously missed something you didn’t? Sounds like he stood his ground and walked since NK would not conciliate.

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Whether you fully support the President, loathe him or are somewhere in the middle, his comments regarding the death of Otto Warmbier and his defense of the MURDERER Kim Jong Un should sadden and disgust EVERYONE.

Trump sounded bufoonish and ignorant, and someone needs to tell him that NO ONE, and I mean NO ONE makes a move without Kim Jong Un’s blessing for fear of DEATH. There’s NO WAY that Kim Jong Un didn’t know about the torture Otto Warmbier suffered, and NO WAY that ANYONE would keep such secrets from Un knowing that he has ordered the death in the most GRUESUME way for a disobedient underling, but has ordered the murder of his ENTIRE FAMILY.

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No one in the Republican Party publicly criticizes Trump for his buffoonish comments and this enables him to make more buffoonish comments. Republican politicians privately make comments to reporters that they disagree with the president and that’s the end of it.

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No policy advancement is worth this. Trump is clearly not working in the best interest of the USA. I am very disappointed with his statement.

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I hate the way Trump tries to butter up international despots as though he’s working through a casual real estate negotiation. While not taking things personally in the business world can be an asset; life-or-death matters of state would seem to at least require a President to show more sensitivity.

If Trump had made any real progress in the negotiations then we could talk more earnestly about the need for him to be diplomatic in the face of denucliarization… but that discussion would seem to be premature considering the failure of the meeting.

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How can I put this delicately? He’s a f’n idiot.

Ciceroni Excogitatoris
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BAD TRUMP!
The guy is trying to get NK to denuclearize but you don’t have to give Un the benefit of the doubt…

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Very, very BAD Trump! sigh………

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Bad Trump.

Dr. Strangelove
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You misspelled Tromp.

Tracy
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One thing I despise about Trump. Pretty disgusting, and I feel bad for his parents.

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Just terrible from the President.

Steve Deace
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Otto Warmbler’s parents graciously were Trump’s guest at the State of the Union, so the president could highlight their son. To then have the president publicly exonerate their son’s killer based solely on the killer’s word is terrible –period. Demand better.

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It was stunning imo, Deace is correct.

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Trump always sucks up to whoever he’s negotiating with. He sided with Putin over U.S. intelligence in the Russian election meddling. He is truly an embarrassment on the world stage and should be kept in the White House for the rest of his presidency.

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