As everybody is aware, the past Administration has long been asking for three hostages to be released from a North Korean Labor camp, but to no avail. Stay tuned!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 3, 2018
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, suggested on Thursday afternoon that Mr. Trump was including Otto Warmbier among the three hostages the president had referred to in his Twitter post.
Mr. Warmbier, an American college student, was detained in North Korea in January 2016. He was flown back to the United States last June in a vegetative state and died at a hospital in Ohio shortly after.
Ms. Sanders also said she “couldn’t confirm the validity” of reports about the hostages’ release. She was referring to a Thursday morning interview during which Rudolph W. Giuliani — who recently joined the president’s legal team — said three American hostages in North Korea would be released “today.”
Asked if Mr. Giuliani was authorized to discuss foreign policy on the Trump administration’s behalf, Ms. Sanders said: “Not that I’m aware of.”