Following news of Otto Warmbier’s death earlier today, former U.S. President Barack Obama has come under fire for his perceived inaction in bringing the 22-year-old home from North Korea while he was in office.
As the BBC reports, Warmbier – who spent 15 months in captivity after allegedly stealing a propaganda sign from a hotel – returned to the U.S. last Tuesday, at which point his family learned that he had been in a coma for a year.
According to the BBC, North Korean officials stated that the coma was a result of botulism – a fact U.S. doctors disputed, stating he had been suffering from severe brain damage.
Tragically, earlier today, Warmbier’s family stated, “it is our sad duty to report that our son, Otto Warmbier, has completed his journey home. Surrounded by his loving family, Otto died today at 2:20pm.”
The statement reportedly added, “the awful torturous mistreatment our son received at the hands of the North Koreans ensured that no other outcome was possible beyond the sad one we experienced today.”
Prior to his son’s death, Fred Warmbier stated that Obama had not done enough to bring the 22-year-old home.
“When Otto was first taken, we were advised by the past administration to take a low profile while they worked to obtain his release,” he said at a press conference last week upon learning his son would be freed, as Breitbart reports.
“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,” he continued.
As for the Trump administration, Fred Warmbier said he was “extremely grateful for their efforts and concern,” adding that President Donald Trump called him personally to discuss Otto last Wednesday night.
See Fred Warmbier’s remarks below.
Meanwhile on Twitter, many are critical of Obama following news that Otto Warmbier has died.
When Obama Was President, Democrats Did Not #HoldTheFloor Forcing Him 2 Rescue Otto Warmbier & Other 3 Americans Being Held In North Korea
— L. Charm Tenenbaum (@AllergicToCNN) June 19, 2017
The blood of Otto Warmbier is on the hands of Obama. Obama is a coward, a weakling and a lying snake.
— Dan (@EchoFiveOne) June 19, 2017
The death of Otto Warmbier is 100% Obama's fault. Prayers for his family.
— Kassidy Reinagel (@Kassidillaaaa) June 19, 2017
I'm really sad to hear about Otto's death. He deserved better & I'm angry Obama didn't do anything to help him or his family. #OttoWarmbier
— Tate (@TateKeane) June 19, 2017
"Obama Did Not Do Enough to Rescue "Otto Warmbier" from north korea". Why would obama do anything that wasn't going to damage america?
— Miserable Liberal (@realDayBreaker) June 19, 2017
Not only am I angry at North Korea for their treatment of Otto Warmbier, but I'm livid that the Obama Administration did nothing to help him
— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) June 19, 2017
Unreal. R.I.P. Otto Warmbier. Not only should North Korea pay for your death, but Obama as well for not making any attempt to bring you home
— Mikey Triggered (@mikeytriggered) June 19, 2017
President Obama had the chance to save Otto Warmbier from North Korea and he did not. He MIGHT still be alive.
— Ryan Fournier (@RyanAFournier) June 19, 2017
I wish President Obama worked harder to bring Otto Warmbier home.
President Trump brought him home, but it was too late.#OttoWarmbier
— #ThePersistence (@ScottPresler) June 19, 2017
Obama left Otto Warmbier to be beaten to death in North Korea. He told his family to stay quiet, instead of saving him#FoxNewsSpecialists
— Jack Bailey ???????? (@JackBaileyUSA) June 19, 2017
Think About It: Instead of bringing the Hijazis & Otto home, Obama
✔️Released Gitmo terrorists
✔️Gave Billions to Iran
— #ThePersistence (@ScottPresler) June 19, 2017
"Otto Warmbier" has Died due to injuries sustained from N. Korea detention & Obama Admin. lack of interest/action
— Common_Sense_John (@bigfive6721) June 19, 2017
Also under heavy criticism, suitably so, is North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.
“Let us state the facts plainly,” said Arizona Senator John McCain following Otto Warmbier’s death, as Business Insider reports.
“Otto Warmbier, an American citizen, was murdered by the Kim Jong-un regime. In the final year of his life, he lived the nightmare in which the North Korean people have been trapped for 70 years: forced labor, mass starvation, systematic cruelty, torture, and murder.”
According to Fox News, President Donald Trump stated, “Melania and I offer our deepest condolences to the family of Otto Warmbier on his untimely passing,” adding that “the United States once again condemns the brutality of the North Korean regime as we mourn its latest victim.”
Fox News further states that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also holds North Korea accountable for Warmbier’s “unjust imprisonment” and issued a demand for North Korea to release three other Americans it is holding captive.