'Kissing the asses of dictators': Trump blasted for agreeing to pay $2 million 'ransom' for Otto Warmbier
President Donald Trump addresses the National Association of Attorneys General in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, DC on March 4, 2019. (AFP / Mandel NGAN)

The Washington Post reported on Thursday that President Donald Trump agreed to pay North Korea $2 million in exchange for the release of American Otto Warmbier.

North Korea demanded the money, claiming they provided Warmbier with hospital care. The 21-year-old college student died shortly after being returned to the United States, after spending 15 months in captivity in North Korea.

It is unclear if North Korea was ever actually paid. But many Americans were still shocked that Trump would agree to such a deal, comparing it to ransom money.

Other people pointed out that Trump had claimed that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un didn’t know anything about Warmbier's mistreatment.