Dennis Rodman is back in North Korea today, and he’s probably visited the totalitarian state more than any other American. Having been on Celebrity Apprentice, President Donald Trump and Rodman are acquainted, leading some to speculate that he’s in North Korea for a diplomatic meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. The State Department denies that this is nothing but a personal trip, though Rodman did make things somewhat political in gifting North Korea’s leaders with a copy of Donald Trump’s “The Art Of The Deal.”
Last month, Trump called Jong-Un a “smart cookie,” indicating that he’d be willing to work with the tyrant. Meanwhile, the U.S. has sent navy ships to the coast of North Korea on multiple occasions to signal that, although Trump is willing to work with the country, he isn’t a spineless weakling like the previous president.
Obama’s refusal to hold North Korea accountable for its atrocious behavior was also on full display today. Thanks to the tireless effort of President Trump, an American prisoner was freed from the country. Otto Warmbier was held prisoner in North Korea for over a year. Obama didn’t lift a hand to save him. But then Trump came to the rescue, and Warmbier’s father is thanking the president:
The father of the American who was recently sent home from North Korea praised the Trump administration on Thursday after his son was released and said the Obama administration’s “results speak for themselves.”
Fred Warmbier spoke to the media about his son Otto’s comatose state and imprisonment by the North Korean regime.
After thanking Sen. Rob Portman (R., Ohio) for his support and assistance, Warmbier recounted how his son was freed.
“When Otto was first taken, we were advised by the past administration to take a low profile while they worked to obtain his release,” Warmbier said. “We did so without result. Earlier this year, Cindy and I decided the time for strategic patience was over, and we made a few media appearances and traveled to Washington to meet with Ambassador Joe Yun at the State Department.”
Otto was detained for 18 months in the Hermit Kingdom after being convicted of stealing a propaganda poster from a hotel.
He said it was his understanding that Ambassador Yun, at the direction of President Donald Trump, “aggressively pursued resolution of the situation.”
“They have our thanks for bringing Otto home,” he said.
Otto remains in a coma today, and while he’s stable, he has “suffered a severe neurological injury” of an “unknown” origin.
There are still more Americans in North Korea’s custody – and what did Obama do to try to rescue them? Nothing. That’s all set to change under President Trump.
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