Otto Warmbier died after being held in captivity by the North Korean government for 17 months.

He was taken captive during Obama’s time in office, but was not returned until Donald Trump secured his release.

And what his father said about the Obama administration left many Americans furious.

Warmbier had traveled to North Korea as part of an extreme tourism group.

The 22 year-old University of Virginia student was accused of stealing a poster and then held in captivity.

After he was taken, the Warmbier family was told by the Obama administration to lay low and not upset the North Koreans while they tried to win back his freedom.

Warmbier’s father was critical of those failed efforts.

Breitbart reports:

“Mr. Warmbier was strongly critical of the Obama administration’s handling of his son’s case, however.

“When Otto was first taken, we were advised by the past administration to take a low profile while they worked to obtain his release. We did so, without result,” he said.

“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. “It is my understanding that Ambassador Yun and his team, at the direction of the president, aggressively pursued resolution of the situation. They have our thanks for bringing Otto home.”

Asked by a reporter if he felt the Obama administration should have done more to help, Warmbier replied, “I think the results speak for themselves.”

While Obama failed, Warmbier was brutalized by the North Korean government.

Things changed when Trump took office.

Warmbier’s father praised Trump and his team’s efforts to free their son.

Breitbart reports:

“Fred Warmbier thanked Ohio Senator Rob Portman for his help with bringing Otto home and said the family received “a very nice phone call” from President Donald Trump on Wednesday night. He said the president called to find out “how Cindy and I were doing, and wanted to know about Otto.”

“It was a really nice conversation. It was kind, and it was, ‘Are you taking care of yourself?’ and ‘We worked hard, and I’m sorry this is the outcome.’ He told me a little bit about Secretary Tillerson and Joe Yun, and they teamed up and made things happen. He was very candid. It was a nice conversation,” he said.

“To be honest with you, I had avoided conversations with him, because to what end?” he added. “I’m dealing with my son. This is about Otto. But I did take the call, and it was gracious, and it was nice, and it felt good, and I thank him for that.”

“We are extremely grateful for their efforts and concern,” he said of Portman and the Trump administration.”

Given the gravity of the situation, Obama’s failed efforts to convince the North Koreans to free Warmbier are appalling.

Telling the family to keep quiet so as not to upset the North Koreans accomplished nothing.

It was a typical Obama failure.

But this one had life changing consequences.