National security adviser John Bolton said Sunday that his opinion "doesn't matter" when asked if he believes North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was responsible for the death of Otto Warmbier, the American college student who died after being imprisoned there.
“My opinion doesn’t matter," Bolton said during an interview on CNN's "State of the Union" when pressed on the subject by host Jake Tapper.
National Security Adviser @AmbJohnBolton responds to President TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger says Trump 'winning' because so many Republicans 'have remained silent' Our remote warfare counterterrorism strategy is more risk than reward Far-right rally draws small crowd, large police presence at Capitol MORE saying he takes Kim Jong Un at his word on Otto Warmbier: “The best thing North Korea could do right now would be to give us a full accounting of what happened and who was responsible for it.” #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/8jtf7zwZWL— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) March 3, 2019
President Trump said last week that he would take Kim "at his word" after he said the reclusive leader denied being involved in Warmbier's death.
Bolton noted Sunday that he's no longer a Fox News contributor and said it's not the job of administration officials to give opinions "from the distance."
“People in the media seems to have the impression that administration officials kind of comment from the distance as if I were a Fox News contributor, as I used to be, I don’t do that anymore. I give my advice to the president. I give my opinions to the president. He makes up his own mind. He’s the president," Bolton said.
Trump's comments on Warmbier, which were made during a news conference in Vietnam following a summit with Kim, drew swift backlash from lawmakers in Congress.
Additionally, the parents of Warmbier said in a statement following Trump's remark that "Kim and his evil regime" were responsible for their son's death.
“Kim and his evil regime are responsible for the death of our son Otto. Kim and his evil regime are responsible for unimaginable cruelty and inhumanity. No excuses or lavish praise can change that,” they said.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyDemocrats lean into vaccine mandates ahead of midterms Far-right rally draws small crowd, large police presence at Capitol 'Justice for J6' rally puts GOP in awkward spot MORE (R-Calif.) said on ABC's "This Week" that North Korea "murdered" Warmbier.
"I think Kim knew what happened, which was wrong," he said.