CNN national security reporter Kylie Atwood said Thursday that then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and President Donald Trump leaned on then-Special Representative Joseph Yun to “do whatever you need to do” to bring home Otto Warmbier, the American college student sentenced to hard labor in North Korea — so he agreed the US would pay North Korea’s “bill” of $2 million for Warmbier’s care. Warmbier arrived back in the US comatose, and died a few days later, never regaining consciousness.
“We’re learning about how the North Koreans approached these negotiations,” said Atwood, who said the revelation was “stunning.”
“They shocked the Americans by handing US Special Representative Joe Yun, who was on that trip to get Otto back to the US, a bill of $2 million,” she said. “That is a hefty, hefty bill for getting an American who had been wrongly detained in North Korea, a 22-year-old, he’d been there over a year, back to the United States.”
“What I’m learning from my sources is that Ambassador Yun then called Washington. He called then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and said ‘what do I do here?'”, Atwood said. ” Tillerson then had a conversation with the president, and President Trump essentially said ‘do whatever you need do to get Otto Warmbier back to the United States.”
“That’s when ambassador Joe Yun signed an agreement that the US would pay this $2 million,” Atwood continued.
“However, I am told that the US has not yet paid that, and that as the US and North Korean negotiations have continued, the bill has not been brought up by the North Koreans in the Singapore summit or in the recent Hanoi summit.”
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Pelosi slaps Trump with a backhanded compliment: ‘He’s a great distractor — that’s what this is about’
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Wednesday accused President Donald Trump of making a racist attack on four U.S. congresswomen to distract from failures in his administration.
At a press conference, Pelosi told the reporters that lawmakers were "gentle" in condemning only Trump's tweets as "racist" in a recent vote.
"We weren't saying he is racist," she explained. "We were saying that the words that he used were racist."
"We all know the argument that could be made against us in terms of our philosophy, in terms of our priorities and the rest," Pelosi said. "And the president knows there are arguments that could be made against him and, therefore, he wants to distract from them."
‘You have to think about it?’ Kris Kobach goes down in epic flames when CNN’s Cuomo asks if he’d vote for a racist
Kris Kobach went down in flames going up against CNN host Chris Cuomo on Tuesday, as the Kansas Republican attempted to "explain" what President Donald Trump "really said" about the four congresswomen of color he attacked Sunday.
Cuomo read Trump's quotes aloud asking if they were racist.
"Now you're editorializing it," Kobach said. "The problem with Twitter, it's 140 characters and since it's so vague--"
As a point of fact, Trump used three tweets to say what he said about the women, not editing it down to 280 characters.
"He said the words," Cuomo fact-checked.
CNN blasted for giving a platform to white supremacist Richard Spencer to defend Trump’s racism
CNN was highly criticized on Monday for interviewing Richard Spencer, an avowed white supremacist who took part in the fatal "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
"CNN interviewed white supremacist Richard Spencer during a Tuesday segment on President Donald Trump’s racist tweets, in another example of a news outlet inadvertently giving a large platform to white supremacists," The Daily Beast reported.