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Trump denies paying North Korea for tragic Christian student's care

Donald Trump has insisted not a single dollar was paid to North Korea by the United States for medical care given to a coma-stricken Christian student.

It comes after the Washington Post published a report that the US was charged $2 million by Pyongyang for treatment received by Otto Warmbier.

Responding on Twitter, he said: "No money was paid to North Korea for Otto Warmbier, not two million dollars, not anything else."


The 22 year old died in 2017 after being flown to the US in a coma. He had suffered brain damage.

The University of Virginia student had been detained for 17 months by the secretive state after being accused of trying to steal a sign from a hotel where he was staying in the capital city.


He was sentenced to 15 years hard labour.

It has now been claimed North Korea insisted the Ohio-born believer's medical bill be settled prior to his release.

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According to the Post, which cited two sources, a US official signed off on the payment on the orders of President Trump.

CBS citied a former Department of State worker who said the US never paid to fee - nor did it intend to - but the bill was accepted.

<span><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">“President Donald J. Trump is the greatest hostage negotiator that I know of in the history of the United States. 20 hostages, many in impossible circumstances, have been released in last two years. No money was paid.” Cheif Hostage Negotiator, USA!</p>&mdash; Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1121738863486095360?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 26, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></span>


Mr Warmbier's parents have insisted their son's death was due to torture - something North Korea has always denied.

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