Pompeo tells Dem rep. not to make Otto Warmbier a 'political football'

Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOvernight Defense: Lawmakers clash during Pompeo hearing on Iran | Trump touts Taliban deal ahead of signing | Trump sued over plan to use Pentagon funds for border wall Warren asks administration for assurances that sanctions aren't hindering coronavirus containment in Iran Trump touts Taliban deal ahead of signing MORE criticized Rep. Tom MalinowskiThomas (Tom) MalinowskiThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump on US coronavirus risks: 'We're very, very ready for this' Vulnerable Democrats brace for Sanders atop ticket Democrats to plow ahead with Trump probes post-acquittal MORE (D-N.J.) for trying to make the death of the death of Otto Warmbier "a political football" while Malinowski grilled Pompeo on President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump endorses former White House physician Ronny Jackson for Congress Newly released emails reveal officials' panic over loss of credibility after Trump's Dorian claims Lindsey Graham thanks Trump, bemoans 'never-ending bull----' at South Carolina rally  MORE's fondness for North Korean Leader Kim Jong-Un. 

"Was [Kim] responsible for the decision not to allow Otto Warmbier to come home until he was on death's door?" Malinowski asked Pompeo.

"I'll leave the president's statement to stand," Pompeo said. "We all know that the North Korea regime was responsible for the tragedy that occurred to Otto Warmbier."


"So what's to like? So what's to like about Kim Jong-Un?" Malinowski asked Pompeo as Pompeo continued to say that Warmbier's family suffered. 

"Don't make this a political football," Pompeo said. "It's inappropriate." 

President Trump said Friday that he would reverse recent Treasury Department sanctions on North Korea. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that Trump "likes Chairman Kim and he doesn’t think these sanctions will be necessary.”

Pompeo earlier this month reportedly refused to say whether Jong-Un had been aware of Warmbier's mistreatment. 

Warmbier was an American student who was incarcerated in North Korea for allegedly taking a propaganda poster. He was returned to the U.S. in a coma in 2017 and died soon after.