It’s still hard to believe what happened to Otto Warmbier.
It’s just devastating to think about the pain and suffering that Otto and his family endured and it’s even worse when you consider the fact it didn’t have to happen. The Obama Administration really failed Otto’s family and there’s an interesting article from GQ floating around that touches on that.
The report also shines more light on just how committed Trump was to getting Otto home.
From The Daily Wire:
When President Donald Trump learned of American college student and North Korean prisoner Otto Warmbier’s dire medical condition, he immediately sent a plane to land in Pyongyang and bring home the 22-year-old without asking North Korea’s permission first, says a report from GQ.
“When Trump learned of Otto’s condition, he doubled down on the order for Yun to rush to Pyongyang and bring Otto home,” says the report. “The North Koreans were unilaterally informed that an American plane would soon land in Pyongyang and that United States diplomats and doctors would get off.”
An anonymous State Department official said the president sounded like a “dad” when learning of the news. He was determined to retrieve Warmbier and bring him back to his parents as soon as humanly possible.
Really just shows you that when Trump sets his mind to something he does whatever it takes to get it done.
The GQ report goes into great detail about what a good kid Otto was, how he was genuinely fascinated by Asia and was excited about seeing a part of the world that not many outsiders had seen, and how beloved he was by everyone who knew him.
He deserved so much better than this.
Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the Warmbier family.