In an amazing press conference, Fred Warmbier spoke about the return of his son, Otto, by the North Koreans, after being held for 18 months.
Unfortunately, Otto has been in a coma for most of those months. The North Koreans are blaming a sleeping pill he took, but his father is not buying that and blasted them for the treatment of his son.
He praised his son in a voice touched with great emotion as a “sweet, loving, kind person” who was “of course brilliant.” He said he hugged his son and told him that he was so glad that he had made it home.
Warmbier asked for North Korea to release everyone else being held.
He also voiced his frustration with the Obama administration’s approach to getting his son out.
From Free Beacon:
“When Otto was first taken, we were advised by the past administration to take a low profile while they worked to obtain his release,” Warmbier said. “We did so without result. Earlier this year, Cindy and I decided the time for strategic patience was over, and we made a few media appearances and traveled to Washington to meet with Ambassador Joe Yun at the State Department.”
He said it was his understanding that Ambassador Yun, at the direction of President Donald Trump, “aggressively pursued resolution of the situation.”
“They have our thanks for bringing Otto home,” he said.
He detailed how the Obama administration advised the family not to do anything, to keep a low profile, not go on T.V. or do anything that could antagonize the North Koreans.
Incredibly, they were even told not to put up any yellow ribbons for their son.
His use of the term ‘strategic patience’ mimicked the words of Vice President Mike Pence who had announced that the period of ‘strategic patience’ (under Obama) with North Korea’s misdeeds was over.
He was asked if he thought that the Obama administration could have done more to help his son.
“The question was, do I think the past administration could have done more? I think the results speak for themselves,” Warmbier said.
Unfortunately, the ‘don’t do anything to antagonize’ was the Obama approach to the situation of so many Americans being held abroad, some of whom are still languishing, including the others still in North Korea.
Hopefully, Trump is able to get them out too.