The parents of Otto Warmbier, an American college student who died after being held prisoner in North Korea for 17 months, are hoping that the summit between President TrumpDonald TrumpJudge rules Alaska governor unlawfully fired lawyer who criticized Trump Giuliani led fake electors plot: CNN Giuliani associate sentenced to a year in prison in campaign finance case MORE and Kim Jong Un will result in something “positive.”
“We appreciate President Trump's recent comments about our family,” Fred and Cindy Warmbier said in a statement. “We are proud of Otto and miss him. Hopefully something positive can come from this.”
The two released the statement shortly after Trump's historic meeting with the North Korean leader concluded. During a press conference, Trump credited Warmbier, who was arrested in 2016, for the historic summit taking place and added that he did not “die in vain.”
"Otto Warmbier is a very special person and he will be for a long time in my life," Trump said. "His parents are good friends of mine. I think without Otto, this would not have happened.
"Something happened from that day, was a terrible thing. It was brutal. But a lot of people started to focus on what was going on, including North Korea. I really think that Otto is someone who did not die in vain. He had a lot to do with us today."
Trump made the comments about Warmbier after being pressed to expand on his comment that Kim, who leads a country known for many of its human rights abuses, was a "very talented" leader.
Warmbier's parents have sued North Korea, alleging that the nation's government brutally tortured and murdered their son.
Warmbier was arrested in North Korea in 2016 and was charged with spying. He was later coerced into giving a taped confession.
He was returned to the U.S. in a coma last year and died shortly after arriving in his hometown of Cincinnati.