Former NBA Player Hopes To Open Door For Trump With North Korea Visit

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman has attempted to pave the way for President Trump into the enigmatic state of North Korea with one of his many recreational trips to visit the supreme leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-Un. Moreover, in a ‘Trump-led initiative’, imprisoned 22-year-old American student, Otto Warmbier, was released after he was sentenced for allegedly attempting to steal a propaganda poster from a hotel. Mr. Warmbier’s release is believed to have involved Mr. Rodman, who is on good terms with President Trump.

On a trip sponsored by Potcoin, a ‘community-based cryptocurrency for legalized marijuana,’ Mr. Rodman maintained an extremely busy schedule during his time in North Korea. It remains unclear if Mr. Rodman will visit Kim Jong-Un in person. Mr. Rodman is believed to have paid his respects to the founding father of North Korea after visiting the late Kim II Sung’s birthplace. Mr. Rodman also made a number of stops at local schools, hoping to promote sport amongst the young children and teens.

Mr. Rodman towered over the majority of a women’s basketball team while offering them advice and support. Mr. Rodman is also scheduled to meet with the sports minister to promote his initiative to ‘bring sports to North Korea’ and has confirmed that he believes President Trump, his former ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ boss, will approve of his latest trip, stating “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.”

However, the Undersecretary of State, Thomas Shannon, has contradicted Mr. Rodman’s belief, stating that Mr. Rodman was merely visiting North Korea as a ‘private citizen’, confirming that “We are aware of his visit. We wish him well, but we have issued travel warnings to Americans suggesting they not travel to North Korea for their own safety.” In a time of high tension between two of the world’s most controversial state leaders, many have criticized the timing of Mr. Rodman’s trip to North Korea. Recent months have been characterized by immense regional tension and significant military build-up as the U.S. continues to oppose North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. The relationship between America and North Korea has been strained for a number of years, particularly since the two countries have never signed a peace treaty since the end of the Korean War (1950-1953).

Mr. Rodman has visited North Korea a number of times, supposedly finding the experiences extremely stressful and overwhelming. After attempting to create a bridge between the two countries with a Pyongyang exhibition basketball game, Mr. Rodman checked himself into a New Jersey-based alcohol rehabilitation center in order to combat stress-related drinking and mental health issues.

While many, including President Trump, believe Mr. Rodman can play a crucial role in alleviating tensions between North Korea and America, other critics have slammed the former NBA player, stating that he is allowing himself to become a “public relations tool for Pyongyang.”

Source: Daily Mail
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