Rep. Tom Malinowski, a former Deputy Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, asked Pompeo whether the North Korean leader was responsible for the country's workplaces and the death of his uncle and half-brother.
To each of these questions Pompeo replied: "He is the country's leader."
The New Jersey Democrat then asked if Kim "was responsible for the decision not to let Otto Warmbier come home before he was dead."
North Korea released Warmbier in June 2017 after more than one year's imprisonment. He returned to the United States in coma, blind and deaf. He never regained consciousness and died days later at the age of 22. US officials accused North Korea of brain damage leading to his death.
"He made this statement. We all know that the North Korean regime was responsible for the tragedy found Place in Otto Warmbier, I've met that family, I know these people, I love them deeply, they suffer greatly, "said Pompeo.
After this line o I questioned, Malinowski asked twice about Pompeo "what is there to suffer" about Kim. The State Secretary told him not to "make it a political football".
"It's inappropriate. It's inappropriate to do," he said.
Malinowski also questioned why the president's love for Kim was "a sufficient reason to cancel or not to pursue sanctions against companies that help his nuclear program."
Pompeo did not respond directly to Malinowski's question. He claimed that "there have been more sanctions imposed by this administration with a global coalition than ever in the history of the world."
"We will continue to enforce UN Security Council resolutions and do our best to encourage any nation in the world to do so," Pompeo continued. "I just wanted the previous administration to do the same."