Returning from his latest trip to North Korea Dennis Rodman was all smiles. “Everybody’s going to be happy. It was a good day. It was a good trip. A really good trip,” Rodman told reporters at Beijing’s airport.
Without providing any other details, the NBA Hall of Fame member has visited the communist country in the past and met with its dictator, Kim Jong Un. But Rodman did not say whether he met with the Kim this time around. When asked, he told reporters, “You’ll find out.”
Rodman reportedly brought President Trump’s book “The Art of the Deal” as a gift for Kim, whom he has called his “best friend.”
Rodman’s visit to the troubled country coincided with the release of American college student Otto Warmbier, who was arrested and imprisoned by North Korea last year after allegedly stealing a propaganda poster from his hotel.
Warmbier arrived home this week in a coma and has been diagnosed with brain damage, which North Korea claims is a result of his contracting botulism. However, doctors in Pennsylvania said that there were no traces of botulism in Warmbier’s system.
“He is in a coma and we have been told he has been in that condition since March of 2016. We learned of this only one week ago,” Fred and Cindy Warmbier told reporters.
Rodman did not comment on Warmbier’s release, but he did say before the trip that his purpose was not political; it was just about basketball.
In 2015, the documentary “Big Bang in Pyongyang,” showed Rodman teaching North Koreans how to play basketball and singing “Happy Birthday” to Kim Jong Un.
— Dennis Rodman (@dennisrodman) June 15, 2017
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