MALINOWSKI: Was he responsible for the decision not to allow Otto Warmbier to come home until he was on death’s door?
POMPEO: I’ll leave the president’s statement to stand. He made that statement. We all know that the North Korean regime was responsible for the tragedy that occurred to Otto Warmbier. I’ve met that family. I know those people. I love them dearly.
POMPEO: They suffered mightily, sir.
MALINOWSKI: So what’s to like [about Kim]?
POMPEO: They suffered mightily.
MALINOWSKI: So what’s to like about Kim Jong Un?
POMPEO: Sir, don’t make this a political football. It’s inappropriate. That’s inappropriate to do.
MALINOWSKI: Well, when the White House says that sanctions decisions are based on liking Kim Jong Un – has the president ever used that kind of language with respect to Angela Merkel? Has he every publicly called her a friend?
POMPEO: I’ve heard him talk about her that way, yes. I don’t recall if it was in a public setting or not.