The Guardian reports:
Trump’s explanation-free statement that he believed Kim Jong-Un when the North Korean dictator said he “didn’t know about” the imprisonment and torture of Otto Warmbier has baffled many – at both ends of the political spectrum.
Adam Schiff, California Democrat, is among those to point out that Trump’s acceptance of foreign dictator’s claims – sometimes over the intelligence of his own government – is nothing new.
Even Rick Santorum, former Republican senator for Pennsylvania, and a man usually very happy to defend Trump, voiced his concerns.
Imagine if Obama praised Kim Jong Un, defended him and took him at his word that he had nothing to do with the death of Otto Warmbier, and walked away from Hanoi with nothing. What would Republicans say? Just indulge this exercise for a moment. #HanoiSummit
— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) February 28, 2019
Walking away from the summit was better than making a bad deal. It’s also the result of a poorly planned strategy.
But accepting Kim’s denial of involvement in Warmbier’s death? Detestable, and harkens back to Trump’s duplicitous acceptances of denials from other dictators. https://t.co/JvidU3AJYO
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) February 28, 2019
“This is reprehensible what he just did. He gave cover… to a leader who knew very well what was going on with Otto Warmbier,” @RickSantorum says about Pres. Trump saying he believes Kim Jong Un’s claim he wasn’t aware of the American student’s condition https://t.co/2JAkMvsnCI pic.twitter.com/kdGjff7N7r
— CNN (@CNN) February 28, 2019
“I will take him at his word”: President Trump says he believes Kim Jong Un didn’t know what happened to Otto Warmbier, the American college student who was imprisoned in North Korea and died days after returning to the U.S. in a coma https://t.co/aa0P609oE3 pic.twitter.com/5T0U5r0RIy
— CBS News (@CBSNews) February 28, 2019