Otto Warmbier was arrested, tried, convicted, and sentenced to 15 years hard labor by a North Korean court in March of last year. His crime? He took a propaganda poster off a wall. The Obama Administration sat idly by ignoring pleas from Warmbier’s family, friends, and supporters.
The Trump Administration stepped in and secured Warmbier’s release. Warmbier was released to American authorities in a comatose state. Only days after his repatriation, the 22-year-old student died.
An Obama spokesperson, Retired Rear Admiral John Kirby, tried to tell Americans that the Obama Administration did everything it could for Warmbier.
“I understand the frustration that they feel…I can’t possibly imagine the grief they’re going through right now,” Kirby said. “What I can say is, having been at the State Department when Otto was detained…I can assure that the State Department at the very highest levels worked this very, very hard.”
It looks like they could have worked a little harder.
The Admiral then offered one of the worst imaginable condolences to the family: “We failed to get them out and we all know that and we regret that. We’re glad that Otto was able to come home. Certainly we’re sad at the fate here.”
The Obama Administration shares the responsibility for Warmbier’s death with North Korea.
Young Conservatives reports:
The Obama regime spent well over a year essentially ignoring the plight of North Korean prisoner Otto Warmbier. Obama didn’t lift a finger to help the young American sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for pulling a poster off a wall to get a souvenir of his visit to the communist country. Now an Obama spokesman is shrugging his shoulders over Warmbier’s death and offering a very weak consolation to the boy’s parents.
Retired Rear Admiral John Kirby, who is an Obama spokesman for the Department of State, appeared on CNN today to claim that the Obama administration did all it could to get Warmbier released.