During an exclusive interview with Sean Hannity following the President's historic summit in Singapore Tuesday, Trump weighed in on his harsh rhetoric surrounding the Korean leader; saying he "hated" calling Kim Jong Un "Rocket Man" but "had no choice".
Is it the first step towards the opening up of one of the world's most reclusive regimes?
"I really think that Otto is someone who did not die in vain".
'Otto Warmbier is a very special person and he will be for a long time in my life.
"I mean, this is what we have, and this is where we are, and I can only tell you from my experience, and I met him, I've spoken with him, and I've met him", Trump said.
During the first press conference after his historic meeting with the North Korean leader, Trump said United States war games in the region would be "provocative" amid talks with Pyongyang and promised to suspend them.
"I just think that we are now going to start the process of denuclearization of North Korea".
The Veterans of Foreign Wars, which had called for Trump and Kim to address the issue of the missing prior to the summit, hailed the agreement.
The general statement on "immediate repatriation" could refer to remains North Korea already has in storage but were never returned after joint recovery efforts were suspended in 2005 amid the political impasse over North Korean provocations and advances in its missile and nuclear programs.
The Wyoming, Ohio, native was in North Korea with a tour group when he was detained for allegedly stealing a propaganda poster from a hotel. He was brought back to the U.S.in June 2017 only to die a few days later.
Cindy Warmbier said Otto was brain dead at four months of captivity, and anyone who had a heart would have said, 'Well, we screwed up, let's get him some medical care'.
"It's important for us to remember that it's largely words at this point, and that we have to look for actions, particularly from North Korea", Panetta said during an interview with FOX Business' Neil Cavuto on Tuesday. "That's not what you have to do", Trump said.