CINCINNATI -- One year ago, the world watched as officials pulled Otto Warmbier off an airplane after being held captive in North Korea for 17 months.
The 22-year-old Wyoming native had been sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in North Korea after officials there said he took a propaganda banner from a hotel in early 2016. Other members of the tour group have raised doubts about the theft story given by officials.
Warmbier died on June 19, six days after his return home. North Korean officials had claimed Warmbier contracted botulism and never woke up after taking a sleeping pill. Doctors in Cincinnati said he showed no signs of botulism when he arrived in Cincinnati, though they couldn't say exactly what caused the cardiac or respiratory arrest that led to his unresponsive condition.
“I think without Otto, this would not have happened," Trump said. "Something happened from that day; It was a terrible thing, it was brutal, but a lot of people started to focus on what was going on, including North Korea. I really think that Otto is someone who did not die in vain … he had a lot to do with us being here today.”