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President Trump: No, We Didn't Pay the Bill North Korea Sent Us For Otto Warmbier

President Trump is publicly pushing back on allegations the United States paid $2 million to the North Korean regime to get American Otto Warmbier, who was tortured into a coma after being arrested for allegedly stealing a propaganda poster in 2016, back to his family.

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From reports yesterday:

The U.S. received a $2 million hospital bill from the North Korean government for the care of American Otto Warmbier, who fell into a coma for unknown reasons while he was imprisoned in the country before he died in the U.S. in 2017, Fox News has confirmed.

Pyongyang authorities insisted the U.S. envoy sent to retrieve the University of Virginia student sign a pledge to pay the bill before allowing Warmbier’s comatose body to return to the United States, the Washington Post reported Thursday. Sources familiar with the matter confirmed the bill and the amount to Fox News.

Citing two people familiar with the situation, the Post reported the envoy signed an agreement to pay the medical bill on instructions from President Trump. However, a source told Fox News the U.S. did not pay money to North Korea.

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Warmbier was returned to the U.S. in 2017. He was in a coma upon arrival and died just days later. His family has advocated for North Korea to be classified by the U.S. government as a terrorist state.

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