Trump takes veiled shot at Obama for Warmbier’s late release

The coroner’s office also said it had reviewed medical records from the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and the air ambulance service that helped bring the 22-year-old Warmbier from Pyongyang to Cincinnati after 17 months.Warmbier’s heartbroken family lashed out at the North Korean regime Monday, saying in a statement: “the bad 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”.Warmbier died on Monday of severe brain damage, following 18 months of captivity in North Korea.”China has made the utmost efforts to help break the stalemate in the North Korean nuclear issue”.Warmbier was sentenced to 15 years in prison with hard labor, convicted of subversion after he tearfully confessed he had tried to steal a North Korean propaganda banner. His family said it was told he had been in a coma since soon after his sentencing.A funeral is to take place on Thursday morning at a high school in Wyoming, Ohio, that Mr Warmbier attended before enrolling at the University of Virginia. His eyes opened and blinked but he showed no indication that he understood verbal commands or was aware of his surroundings. Unresponsive wakefulness is a medical term for persistent vegetative state. Chinese firms are rife with corruption-particularly those in the northeast, along the border with North Korea-and they have been in economic decline since the end of the Cold War.The President previously insisted that China, as Pyongyang’s principle benefactor, could “solve the North Korean problem” if it wanted to.China-based Koryo Tours, which has been going to North Korea since 1993 and takes about 2,000 tourists there a year, said the tragedy had prompted it to reconsider taking United States citizens to the North.Other well-known North Korea tour operators, including Koryo Tours, founded by British expatriates in Beijing, and Uri Tours, with offices in New Jersey and Shanghai, said this week that they were “reviewing” their policies for American citizens.Warmbier grew up in the Cincinnati suburb of Wyoming.In this February 29, 2016, photo, American student Otto Warmbier cries while speaking to reporters in Pyongyang, North Korea.Last week North Korea made a “humanitarian” gesture, releasing USA college student Otto Warmbier from custody, 17 months into his 15 year hard labor sentence for the crime of allegedly trying to steal a propaganda poster.On its Facebook page, Young Pioneer Tours expressed deep sympathy to Warmbier’s friends and family. He arrived in OH on June 13, 2017, after being held for more than 17 months.”We’re continuing to evaluate whether we should put in some sort of travel restriction”, department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said at a press briefing.2 Jan 2016 – He is arrested at Pyongyang International Airport as he tries to leave the country.