Trump to have dinner with Otto Warmbier’s parents

Trump to have dinner with Otto Warmbier’s parents

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is set to have dinner Saturday with the parents of an American college student who died in 2017 shortly after being freed from captivity in North Korea.

An administration official says Trump will host the parents of Otto Warmbier, who they say was tortured after being convicted of trying to steal a propaganda poster while in Pyongyang and imprisoned for months. The 22-year-old Ohio native died days after being returned to the U.S. in a vegetative state.

U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell, who officials say is among the 15 candidates Trump is considering to replace ousted national security adviser John Bolton, will also join the dinner.

Trump railed against North Korea after Warmbier’s death, but has softened his rhetoric as he has pursued nuclear talks with Kim Jong Un.