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Otto Warmbier’s Dad: Obama Administration Told Me to Keep Quiet, Not “Offend” North Korea

As reported by The Christian Post, Fred Warmbier, whose 22-year-old son Otto was recently released from a North Korean prison in a coma after suffering what has been described as a “severe neurological injury,” is publicly calling out the Obama administration for having pressured the elder Warmbier and his wife to keep quiet about their son’s ordeal to ensure they did not “offend” the North Koreans.


Speaking at a press conference this past Thursday, Fred Warmbier said that from the moment his son was first detained, he and wife Cindy were told by the “past administration to take a low profile while they worked to obtain his release.”

“We did so without resolve. Earlier this year, Cindy and I decided that the time for strategic patience was over. We made a few media appearances and travelled to Washington to meet with Ambassador Joe Yun at the State Department,” Warmbier said. “It is my understanding that Ambassador Yun and his team, at the direction of the president [Donald Trump], progressively pursued resolution of the situation. They have our thanks for bringing Otto home.”

“We tried to stay low. We were advised that it was important that you don’t upset the North Koreans,” he added. “So, we followed that logic and there came a time when that doesn’t seem to have any impact. So, we went public with an interview on Tucker Carlson’s show and we did a couple of written pieces and very quickly, we have Otto home.

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We [the Warmbier family] are not burdened with whatever North Korea says or does at this point,” Warmbier later added. “And, I am so happy for Cindy, myself, my community, this community has been amazing. ... We have been forced to be quiet and act different because we didn’t want to offend them.”

While the North Korean government is claiming Otto Warmbier fell into a coma after a reaction to a sleeping pill he took after contracting botulism, his father isn’t buying it, saying that his son suffered brutal treatment at the hands of his captors.

“North Korea is a pariah regime, they are brutal and they are terroristic,” Warmbier said at the press conference. “You can’t believe anything ... We don’t believe anything they say. We see the results of their actions with Otto.”

By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large