Trump honors Cincinnati man held in N. Korea during State of the Union


President Donald Trump honored the memory of Otto Warmbier during the State of the Union address Tuesday night.

Warmbier, a Cincinnati man who was held captive in North Korea, died after returning to the United States upon his release.

RELATED: Highlights of State of the Union

“After a shameful trial, the dictatorship sentenced Otto to 15 years of hard labor, before returning him to America last June — horribly injured and on the verge of death,” the president said. “He passed away just days after his return.”

Warmbier was a student at the University of Virginia. He was arrested and accused of stealing a North Korean propaganda poster.

Here’s Trump’s full statement on Warmbier:

“Otto Warmbier was a hardworking student at the University of Virginia. On his way to study abroad in Asia, Otto joined a tour to North Korea. At its conclusion, this wonderful young man was arrested and charged with crimes against the state. After a shameful trial, the dictatorship sentenced Otto to 15 years of hard labor, before returning him to America last June — horribly injured and on the verge of death. He passed away just days after his return.

RELATED: Otto Warmbier’s death causes anger at home

Otto’s Parents, Fred and Cindy Warmbier, are with us tonight — along with Otto’s brother and sister, Austin and Greta. You are powerful witnesses to a menace that threatens our world, and your strength inspires us all. Tonight, we pledge to honor Otto’s memory with American resolve.”



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Politics

Black Americans aren’t buying Omarosa’s turn against Trump
Black Americans aren’t buying Omarosa’s turn against Trump

For years, Omarosa Manigault Newman stood at Donald Trump’s side, making her deeply unpopular with African-Americans who see her as a sellout for aligning herself with a president who has hurled one insult after another at black people. The Central State University graduate’s falling out with Trump and her decision to call him a racist...
Florida candidate admits lying about graduating from Miami University
Florida candidate admits lying about graduating from Miami University

Melissa Howard, who admits she lied about graduating from Miami University, has dropped out of the Florida State House race, according to media reports. The Herald-Tribune reports that Howard said in a text message to the newspaper: “I have come to the realization that the right thing to do for my community is to withdraw from the race.&rdquo...
President Trump goes after ‘Wacky Omarosa’ calling her ‘vicious’
President Trump goes after ‘Wacky Omarosa’ calling her ‘vicious’

President Donald Trump criticized his former aide and supporter Omarosa Manigault Newman today again calling her a “lowlife,” “vicious” and “Wacky Omarosa.” Manigault Newman was all over national newscasts last weekend for her comments on Meet the Press calling Trump a “racist” and a “bigot.&rdquo...
Former Trump aide, CSU grad Omarosa says she secretly taped her firing, plays audio
Former Trump aide, CSU grad Omarosa says she secretly taped her firing, plays audio

Former presidential adviser Omarosa Manigault Newman says she secretly taped her firing by White House chief of staff John Kelly in the Situation Room. And NBC’s “Meet the Press” is airing part of the conversation. Manigault Newman is appearing on the show to promote her new book, “Unhinged,” which will be released next...
$1M for Springboro park for father-daughter plane crash victims
$1M for Springboro park for father-daughter plane crash victims

A new park will be built in Springboro in honor of the victims of a 2010 plane crash. Members of the Hausfeld family are donating a total of $1 million over five years toward the park, Springboro City Manager Chris Pozzuto said in an email. Tom Hausfeld, 50, and his daughter Kacie, 21, were killed April 1, 2010, when the plane he was piloting crashed...
More Stories