Otto Warmbier’s parents dine with Trump at White House
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Otto Warmbier’s parents dine with Trump at White House

Fred and Cindy Warmbier earlier this year criticized US president over his ‘lavish praise’ of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un

American student Otto Frederick Warmbier, center, arrives at a court for his trial in Pyongyang, capital of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, on March 16, 2015. (Xinhua/ Lu Rui via Getty Images)
American student Otto Frederick Warmbier, center, arrives at a court for his trial in Pyongyang, capital of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, on March 16, 2015. (Xinhua/ Lu Rui via Getty Images)

The parents of Jewish American college student Otto Warmbier had dinner at the White House with US President Donald Trump.

The dinner was held on Saturday night, according to reports.

Otto Warmbier was detained in North Korea for over a year and died shortly after his return home to Cincinnati, Ohio, in June 2017 in a coma. He was 22.

The University of Virginia student had been sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for allegedly stealing a propaganda poster on what North Korea claimed were orders from an Ohio Methodist church. Upon his release, North Korea said Warmbier’s health had deteriorated after a bout of botulism. Warmbier’s doctors in the US said he suffered extensive brain damage.

Fred and Cindy Warmbier are acknowledged during the State of the Union on January 30, 2018, in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP)

Earlier this year, Fred and Cindy Warmbier criticized Trump for what they called his “lavish praise” of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

Kim Jong Un “and his evil regime are responsible for the death of our son Otto,” as well as “unimaginable cruelty and inhumanity,” Fred and Cindy Warmbier wrote in a statement on February 28. “No excuses or lavish praise can change that.”

US President Donald Trump (R) walks with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un during a break in talks at the second US-North Korea summit at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam, on February 28, 2019. (Saul Loeb/AFP)

Trump met Kim in Hanoi, Vietnam, in late February for talks on the lifting of sanctions from North Korea in exchange for its disarmament from nuclear weapons. The president, who called the dictator “my friend Kim,” quit the talks prematurely with no agreements.

Trump told reporters in Hanoi that he believes Kim was not aware that Warmbier was in bad shape.

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