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In Singapore, Trump Remembers Otto Warmbier, Jewish Student Detained by North Korea

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Amid all the spin and hope and fear-mongering encircling the Trump-Kim summit, there appears to be one tangible part of the president’s foreign strategy that’s set in stone: securing the return of American prisoners.

Tuesday’s meeting in Singapore occurred one year to the day since the release of Otto Warmbier and, at the post-summit presser, the president let it be known. “Without Otto this would not have happened,” Trump said. “Something happened from that day, it was a terrible thing. It was brutal. But a lot of people started to focus on what was going on including North Korea. I really think that Otto is someone who did not die in vain. I told this to his parents. A special young man and I have to say special parents, special people. Otto did not die in vain. He had a lot to do with us being here today.”

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