North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un continues to test Donald Trump.
He’s trying to see if he can push Trump around the same way he did Barack Obama.
That’s turned out to be a major mistake.
Americans were horrified to learn that 22 year-old Otto Warmbier tragically passed away after he was held in brutal captivity by the North Koreans for 17 months.
Warmbier was returned thanks to the negotiations of the Trump administration after Obama repeatedly failed to secure his release.
But if Jong Un thought he could play the same games with Trump that he did with Obama, he’s got another thing coming.
Trump called what happened to Warmbier a total disgrace.
“It’s a disgrace what happened to Otto. It’s a total disgrace what happened to Otto,” Trump told reporters.
Warmbier’s family announced Monday that Otto had died in the hospital. North Korea released the 22-year-old University of Virginia student last week after more than a year in captivity. He returned to the U.S., however, in a coma, which the North Korean regime said he had been in since March 2016.
“It should never, ever be allowed to happen, and, frankly, if he were brought home sooner, I think the result would have been a lot different,” Trump said. “He should have been brought home that same day. The result would have been a lot different.”
Trump said he has spoken with the Warmbier family, which he called “incredible.”
And he’s also contemplating a response that would increase the sanctions on North Korea.
Fox News reports:
“As anger built around the nation at the North Korean regime’s deadly brutal treatment of an American, Trump declared North Korea’s treatment of Warmbier “a total disgrace,” and called the North Korean government is “a brutal regime.”
The U.S. will “be able to handle it,” Trump added…
… Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the U.S. will “hold North Korea accountable” for Warmbier’s “unjust imprisonment,” and is also demanding the release of three other Americans who are being detained.”
Trump also warned North Korea that the U.S. was ready to take action.
He thanked China for their help, but said even the Chinese leader was unable to move North Korea.
While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out. At least I know China tried!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 20, 2017
It’s clear Obama’s days of “strategic patience” with North Korea are over.
Kim Jong Un is testing Donald Trump, but it may prove to be the biggest mistake he’s made yet.