Former NBA player Dennis Rodman said was “just trying to open a door” with his visit to North Korea, adding that he expected Donald Trump would be happy with it.
Roadman is expected to arrive in North Korea on Tuesday for a trip the US State Department said is not an official US visit.
The former basketball player, who has been touted as an improbable emissary for Mr Trump, has met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on past trips to Pyongyang, describing it as “basketball diplomacy”.
Wearing a black T-shirt advertising a marijuana cybercurrency as he headed toward immigration at Beijing airport, Rodman was asked if he had spoken to the US president about his trip.
“Well, I’m pretty sure he’s pretty much happy with the fact that I’m over here trying to accomplish something that we both need,” he said.
Foxnews.com reports: The 56-year-old Rodman, who won five NBA championships as a player with the Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls, previously traveled to North Korea in January 2014. On that trip, Rodman sang “Happy Birthday” to dictator Kim Jong Un, who Rodman referred to as his “best friend.”
The trip also featured Rodman and a squad of former NBA stars taking part in a pickup game as part of what Rodman called “basketball diplomacy.”
Kim Jong Un reportedly is a fan of the NBA, especially the Chicago Bulls teams that Rodman played on in the late 1990s.
President Donald Trump has praised Rodman’s previous visits to North Korea.
Maybe Dennis is a lot better than what we have,” Trump told “Fox & Friends” after one of Rodman’s trips in March 2013. Rodman also appeared as a contestant on the NBC show “Celebrity Apprentice” that year.
“Dennis is not a stupid guy,” Trump said. “He’s smart in many ways, he’s very street wise.”
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