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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Condi Rice deflects Trump’s racism by saying slavery was just ‘a number of people being treated badly’
Former National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice on Sunday blamed Democrats for racism after she was asked about President Donald Trump's controversial bigoted statements.
During an interview on CNN, host Fareed Zakaria asked Rice about some of Trump's most racist statements, like telling Democratic congresswomen to "go back" where they came from. And when he said there were good people on "both sides" at a neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville.
"When you hear Trump, this is a repudiation of everything you were trying to do," Zakaria pointed out.
"The president needs to be a lot more careful," Rice agreed. "Race is a very delicate and raw nerve in America. We have the birth defect of slavery, we have the birth defect of a number of people being treated badly."
Rand Paul snaps at Liz Cheney over Iran warmongering and announces plans to help her opponent
Appearing on CNN's "State of the Union" with host Jake Tapper, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) took several shots at Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) over her desire to attack Iran and her defense of departed White House adviser John Bolton.
Asked about his ongoing feud with the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, Paul said the congresswomen is out of touch when it comes to American's taste for war.
“The Iraq War, President Trump has said, was the biggest geopolitical blunder of the last generation," Paul explained. "It destabilized the Middle East and increased the strength of Iran and tipped the balance toward Iran, so really there was nothing good about the Iraq war and Dick Cheney, Liz Cheney and John Bolton still don’t get it. They are still advocating for more regime change in the Middle East.”
‘There are some women who’d beg to differ’: Watch CNN anchor’s epic response to sexism in politics
On Saturday, CNN anchor S.E. Cupp gave a passionate lecture about the sexism female politicians face during political campaigns.
The host read a quote from a "top" advisor to former Vice President Joe Biden.
“I don't know of anybody who has taken as sustained and vitriolic a negative pounding as Biden ...really the most vicious press I think anyone's experienced,” the Biden advisor told Politico.
"Come again? What's that now?" Cupp asked in disbelief.
"I think there are some women who beg to differ," she noted.