President Donald Trump on Friday urged the nation to pray for Otto Warmbier, the university student detained in North Korea last year who was flown home this week in a coma.
"I'm glad Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and I, along with a very talented team, were able to get Otto Warmbier back with his parents. What's happened to him is a truly terrible thing," Trump said in Miami at the start of a speech on Cuba.
"But at least the ones who love him so much can now take care of him and be with him."
Warmbier, 22, suffered extensive tissue loss in all regions of his brain, doctors said Thursday, while adding they could not determine the cause of his injury.
He was incarcerated in March 2016 for stealing a political poster from a hotel. The injury apparently occurred shortly thereafter.