Trump Administration Gets Virginia Millennial Out Of North Korea

American student Otto Warmbier is escorted at the Supreme Court in Pyongyang, North Korea. He was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for subversion after he allegedly stole a propaganda poster. He was released on Tuesday due to a medical emergency. (AP Photo)

While President Trump’s legislative agenda is being stalled in the halls of Congress, at least his administration can chalk up a win for freeing an American prisoner in a foreign country because of a medical emergency.

On Tuesday, The Washington Post reported that Otto Warmbier, the 22-year-old Virginian who had been held captive in North Korea for 17 months on a 15-year sentence for allegedly stealing a propaganda poster, is being released. However, it’s been revealed that Warmbier has been in a coma for the past 15 months after falling ill to botulism and taking a sleeping pill.

Warmbier is set to make a stop at the U.S. military base in Sapporo, Japan before arriving home in Cincinnati on Tuesday night.

Outlets have been unable to confirm the authenticity of Warmbier’s condition, but that North Korean officials told Otto’s parents that he had been in a coma shortly after his trial in March 2016.

“Our son is coming home,” Fred Warmbier, Otto’s father, told The Post on Tuesday morning. “At the moment, we’re just treating this like he’s been in an accident. We get to see our son Otto tonight.”

Thank God, Warmbier is coming home. While all attention will be focused on Otto’s recovery, the Trump administration, specifically Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and his team of diplomats, deserve credit for getting another American hostage out of hot water.

In April, the Trump administration brokered a deal to release Egyptian American humanitarian worker Aya Hijazi, her husband, Mohamed Hassanein, and four others from an Egyptian prison.

The news coming out of North Korea fulfills the promise that President Trump made to put Americans (and America) first.

 

Source: Red Alert Politics

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