McCain Has a Suggestion for Americans Wanting to Travel to North Korea

Posted: Jun 20, 2017 5:05 PM

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) unequivocally agrees with his colleague Marco Rubio that North Korea "murdered" the late Otto Warmbier. Warmbier, just 22-years-old, remained in a coma since returning last week from North Korea, where he had been held hostage for months. He died Monday as a result of his condition.

Warmbier's parents spoke out against the brutal North Korean regime, refusing to believe their story about their son suffering from a bout of food poisoning. Mr. Warmbier was not inclined to believe anything the "terroristic" nation had to say. 

Having once been taken hostage himself as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam, Sen. McCain clearly has sympathy for Warmbier and his family and what they've endured. Yet, he wanted to make clear that any American "stupid" enough to travel to North Korea for leisure after what they just witnessed should be made to sign on the dotted line promising not to blame the U.S. for whatever may transpire.

"There should at least be a form for them to fill out that says, 'If I go to North Korea, I understand I am taking great risk and I do not hold the American government responsible. Now I hope the American government will help, etc., etc. But I realize what has happened to previous American citizens, including their deaths,'" McCain, R-Ariz., said in an interview.

"I would have that first because if people are that stupid that they still want to go to that country then at least they assume the responsibility for their welfare," McCain said.

President Trump promised Monday night that North Korea would answer for its injustices against the Warmbier family.