An American student who was sentenced to 15 years hard labor in North Korea for “taking down a political poster in a hotel” has been freed by Trump & Tillerson!
While I’m not really sure what this guy was doing in North Korea in the first place (you don’t go there to vacation!) we have to celebrate because Donald Trump’s Secretary of State Rex Tillerson just accomplished something the Obama Administration was unable to do: secure the release of this student and return to America.
He had been serving a 15 year prison term of hard labor for what the North Koreans allege was anti-state actions.
Here’s more of the Breaking News story from ABC News:
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says that North Korea has released Otto Warmbier, an American serving a 15-year prison term with hard labor for alleged anti-state acts.
Tillerson says that Warmbier is on his way back to the U.S. to be re-united with his family. He says in a statement that the State Department secured Warmbier’s release at the direction of President Donald Trump. Tillerson says the State Department continues discussing three other detained Americans with North Korea.
The announcement comes as former NBA player Dennis Rodman is paying a return visit to North Korea.
Warmbier is a University of Virginia student from suburban Cincinnati. He was sentenced in March 2016 after a televised tearful public confession to trying to steal a propaganda banner.
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