Via Axios, National Security Advisor John Bolton confirms we scammed North Korea.
WALLACE: Did North Korea demand money for the release of Otto Warmbier?
BOLTON: It appears that they did. This occurred before I came into the administration, but that’s my understanding.
WALLACE: Did the U.S. official who was there to get him out of the country, Joseph Yun, did he sign a document pledging the money in order to get him out.
BOLTON: That is what I am told, yes.
WALLACE: I guess the bottom line question is, did the U.S. pay any money to North Korea, however it was disguised, after Warmbier was released?
BOLTON: Absolutely not. And that’s the key point.
At first Trump said it was all fake news, never happened, and claimed it was all Obama’s fault anyway. Now we know it was all a con.
Look, I don’t have any soft spots for North Korea, unlike Trump and his “love” for Kim Jung-un, but you have to wonder what other countries are thinking if they try to negotiate with a country that has no problem cheating you just to get what they want out of you. And Bolton apparently thinks this is good. He’s just as much of a scammer as Trump.
Well, actually, it’s not like no one could have expected this. Trump has a long history of not paying for anything; just ask the hundreds of contractors and vendors who have sued him over the years for non-payment.