Young American Otto Warmbier’s tragic death has been announced by his family, who say Warmbier died late Monday afternoon.
Both President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have written about the unpleasant news, expressing their condolences and sadness.
In a statement issued Monday, President Trump wrote: “Melania and I offer our deepest condolences to the family of Otto Warmbier on his untimely passing. There is nothing more tragic than for a parent to lose a child in the prime of his life.”
The president also said Warmbier’s death increases the “administration’s determination to prevent such tragedies from befalling innocent people at the hands of regimes that do not respect the rule of law or basic human decency.”
Pence tweeted his thoughts to his followers and included the president’s statement as an attachment to the tweet. Pence wrote: “Karen & I are so saddened to hear this. We’re praying for Otto’s family tonight. A tragic example of North Korea’s disregard for human life.”
Karen & I are so saddened to hear this. We’re praying for Otto’s family tonight. A tragic example of North Korea’s disregard for human life. pic.twitter.com/XtqlCQCMSJ
— Vice President Pence (@VP) June 19, 2017
Fox host Sean Hannity also took to Twitter to lament Warmbier’s death, writing: “I am so very sorry for this families loss. Many many prayers.”
I am so very sorry for this families loss. Many many prayers. https://t.co/w4h1NTAzYR
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) June 19, 2017
Warmbier, who was held in North Korea for over a year before being released in a comatose, brain damaged state, has been accused of trying to overthrow the North Korean regime.
In a statement, Warmbier’s parents said they blame the North Korean regime for their son’s death.
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