Trump Agreed To Pay North Korea $2M For Otto Warmbier’s Hospital Bills

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Trump originally claimed that he had paid “nothing” to have Americans returned to the U.S. from North Korea.

The Week reports that the U.S. has agreed to pay North Korea $2 million in hospital bills for Otto Warmbier. Warmbier was a student who was detained in 2016. After being detained, he fell into a coma for 15 months. 6 days after returning to the U.S., Warmbier passed away.

U.S. envoy Joseph Yun went to Pyongyang in 2017 to bring Warmbier home. When he did so, he signed a pledge agreeing that the U.S. would pay Warmbier’s $2 million hospital bill under orders from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and President Trump.

Warmbier’s father, Fred Warmbier, said he had not heard about the hospital bills, but it sounded like a “ransom” for his son.

Trump has previously boasted that “we got our hostages back” from North Korea and “I paid nothing.” The U.S. has not yet paid the bill. A Trump administration official said: "We made clear that they never going to get anything."

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