President Trump said on Friday that North Korea had "paid no money" for Otto Warmbier after reports that the US had received $ 2 million from the hospital for the care of the deceased American prisoners from Pyongyang.
"No money was paid North Korea for Otto Warmbier, no two million dollars, nothing else. This is not the Obama administration, which paid $ 1.8 billion for four hostages, or five terroists [sic] hostage plus, who soon returned to battle for traitor Sgt. Bergdahl! Trump tweeted on Friday.
NORTH KOREA GAVE US $ 2M HOSPITAL BILL ABOUT CARE OF THE AMERICAN OTO WARMBIER, SOURCES SAY
The University of Virginia student signed a pledge to pay the bill before Warmbier's comatose body in Sources confirmed the bill and amount for Fox News on Thursday.
Sources told the Post that the envoy signed an agreement to pay the medical bill on instructions from the president, but a source told Fox News, that the US never paid money to North Korea.
The White House declined to comment when press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement: "We do not comment on the hostage negotiations, which is why they were so successful government during that time." [1
Warmbier was on tour in North Korea when he allegedly stole a propaganda sign from a hotel. He was arrested in January 2016 and sentenced to 15 years in forced labor labor in March 2016. Warmbier went into a coma during detention for unknown reasons and was detained there for another 17 months.
North Korean officials told American officials in June 2017 that Warmbier was unconscious all the time. He died less than a week after returning to the US. However, North Korean officials have repeatedly denied allegations that warm beer had been tortured. Instead, he claimed that he had suffered from botulism and had fallen into a coma after sleeping pill.
AMERICAN PRISONERS AT HOME IN NORTH KOREA AT HOME AFTER POMPEO VISITS TRUMP SAYS
Fred and Cindy Warmbier sued North Korea for their son's death and received $ 501 million in damages in December.
While warm beer accused North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Trump said he believed Kim's claim he knew nothing of the student's treatment.
Trump and Kim met at two separate summits. The most recent, held in February, ended without an agreement to denuclearize the Korean peninsula.
Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, told Fox News: "Otto Warmbier has been abused by North Korea in many ways, including his unlawful condemnation and hard sentence and the fact that they refused for 16 months, his family or our country from his family to tell horrible condition that they have caused. No, the United States owe them nothing. They owe everything to the Warmbier family.
Last year, the Trump government also saved three American prisoners detained by North Korea. Kim Dong Chul, Tony Kim and Kim Hak Song were all arrested in North Korea. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo brought the three Americans home last May and said they are all in good health.
John Roberts, Rich Edson, Nicholas Kalman and Mike Emanuel of Fox News contributed to this report.