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

Updated Jan 30, 2018

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.

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“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.

FILE - In this Feb. 29, 2016 file photo, American student Otto Warmbier speaks as Warmbier is presented to reporters in Pyongyang, North Korea. U.S. officials say the Trump administration will ban American citizens from traveling to North Korea following the death of university student Otto Warmbier, who passed away after falling into a coma into a North Korean prison. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon) Photo: Kim Kwang Hyon/AP

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.

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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.”

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 30: Army Staff Sergeant Justin Peck sits with Fred and Cindy Warmbier during the State of the Union address in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives January 30, 2018 in Washington, DC. This is the first State of the Union address given by U.S. President Donald Trump and his second joint-session address to Congress. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)