Questions Following Otto Wambier Return, Tucker Interview
Otto Warmbier returned to the United States following an 18 month-long stint in North Korea after being sentenced to 15 years of ‘hard labor.’
The University of Virginia student was delivered to his parents in Cincinnati, Ohio in a comatose state. Doctors noted that he has suffered considerable brain damage but is now in stable condition.
Tucker Carlson sat down with Warmbier’s father, Fred, for a one-on-one exclusive interview postponed for a day following needed coverage for the GOP Congressional shooting in Alexandria, Virginia.
In the interview, Fred Warmbier compared the North Korean regime to ‘terrorist.’
“They’re brutal. There’s no sense to anything here,” he said. “They’ve crossed a line with my son, Otto.”
The Wambier family is adjusting to their new life following the brutality imposed on their son. Wambier’s father thanked the U.S. special envoy to North Korea, Joseph Yun, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and President Donald Trump.
Fred also criticized the Obama administration for not handling Otto’s situation properly with the reasoning being of fear they would offend the North Korean regime and leader Kim Jong-Un.
Their failure to act was taken in regards to Otto’s crime: For stealing a propaganda poster of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un and planning on selling it for a high bargain to a friend back in the U.S. Wambier was caught on camera and later detained by officials as him and his group of travelers tried to pass security at Pyongyang airport back to Beijing on January 2, 2016.
Wambier led a trial enamored in tears, begging for forgiveness to which his family thought was an act. Video footage was later released of an unresponsive Wambier being transferred in handcuffs by North Korean officials. He was believed to have had a bad reaction to a sleeping pill which caused a form of botulism to transpire.
“Otto’s detainment and sentence was unnecessary and appalling, and North Korea should be universally condemned for its abhorrent behavior,” Ohio Sen. Rob Portman (R) said in a statement. “Otto should have been released from the start. For North Korea to imprison Otto with no notification or consular access for more than a year is the utmost example of its complete failure to recognize fundamental human rights and dignity.”
Wambier has woken from his comatose state, but remains uncommunicative, working towards a path to recovery.