Dad of student recently freed by North Korea: 'Could care less' about Dennis Rodman trip
Speaking at a press conference Thursday, the father of recently released North Korea detainee Otto Warmbier said he "could care less" about former NBA star Dennis Rodman's trip to the country and assigned credit for his son's Tuesday homecoming to the U.S. State Department alone.
Despite Hall of Famer Rodman's concurrent visit to the nation, Fred Warmbier said the NBA star's trip had "nothing to do" with son Otto's release.
"I could care less," Warmbier told reporters of Rodman's visit.
Credit for his son's release belongs to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the rest of the U.S. State Department -- not Rodman, Warmbier said.
Speaking Tuesday, Tillerson said the State Department had secured Warmbier's release at President Donald Trump's direction.
Warmbier said Thursday that the president called him following his son's homecoming.
"Last evening, we received a very nice phone call from President Trump," Warmbier said. "He told us that Secretary of State Tillerson worked hard to help bring Otto home. We are extremely grateful for their efforts and concern."
With Otto in a coma following 17 months of imprisonment in a North Korean facility, his father said Thursday there was "no excuse" for his treatment.
"I know you have many questions about what transpired; so do we," Warmbier said. "There's no excuse for the way the North Koreans treated our son. And no excuse for the way they've treated so many others."
The 22-year-old was sentenced in March 2016 after a televised public confession to attempting to steal a propaganda banner.