The parents of 22-year-old Otto Warmbier wanted their son back. He had been sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in North Korea for stealing a poster. The previous Obama administration demanded that the Warmbier family remain “low profile” during their son’s imprisonment.
That didn’t work out. After 17 months of captivity their son is now dead.
And while the family has clear resentment for Barack Obama’s seeming indifference to the ordeal their son was going through, they are equally grateful for the far more robust efforts of President Donald Trump to force the North Korean regime to return Otto to America.
“When Otto was first taken we were advised by the past administration to take a low profile while they worked to obtain his release. We did so without result,” Otto’s father, Fred Warmbier, said during a press conference in Ohio last week.
“Earlier this year, Cindy and I decided the time for strategic patience was over. It is my understanding that Ambassador Yun and his team, at the direction of the president, aggressively pursued resolution of the situation.”
“I think the results speak for themselves,” he continued.
That return happened, but it happened too late. U.S. doctors indicate Mr. Warmbier suffered a traumatic head injury. He arrived back into America in a deep coma and passed away soon after.
The North Korean regime is claiming he “took sleeping pills.”
President Trump spoke on Otto’s death yesterday and was unusually emotional when doing so. The president has vowed to “deal” with North Korea soon.
Three more Americans remain imprisoned in North Korea.