Both sides of the aisle likened the death of Warmbier to murder, with President Trump sending out a threatening tweet against North Korea.
Following American student Otto Warmbier’s death on Monday, American rhetoric intensified on Tuesday with members of Congress accusing North Korea of murder and President Trump tweeting a cryptic but threatening message.
Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), in an appearance on MSNBC Tuesday afternoon, criticized Trump for being “gullible when it comes to China,” but offered stronger words for North Korea.
“I think this is the equivalent to murder,” Franken said. “They had him in this custody and we hadn’t seen him until he comes back in this coma.”
Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) echoed Franken’s sentiment in an earlier interview on MSNBC:
Coons called Warmbier’s death “tantamount to murder of an American citizen.”
“This assault on Otto Warmbier by the North Koreans when he was in their custody led to his death,” Coons said.
Coons also called for the release of the remaining three Americans held captive in North Korea to be released.
The president described Warmbier’s death as a “total disgrace,” in an emotional statement on Tuesday, but his later tweet sent a more threatening message:
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
Could President Trump’s tweet signal the beginning of a future no-nonsense attitude toward the totalitarian state? It would certainly fit in with the intensifying rhetoric in Washington.
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