The Trump administration has confirmed that they’re sending basketball star Dennis Rodman to North Korea in a transfer some say makes Rodman America’s unofficial Ambassador to Pyongyang.
Rodman will journey to North Korea for the primary time in three years to fulfill together with his buddy Kim Jong Un.
“He is going as a private citizen,” a Trump official stated. “It’s our understanding he hasn’t landed yet.”
Foxnews.com stories: The 56-year-old Rodman, who received 5 NBA championships as a participant with the Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls, beforehand traveled to North Korea in January 2014. On that journey, Rodman sang “Happy Birthday” to dictator Kim Jong Un, who Rodman known as his “best friend.”
The journey additionally featured Rodman and a squad of former NBA stars collaborating in a pickup recreation as a part of what Rodman referred to as “basketball diplomacy.”
Kim Jong Un reportedly is a fan of the NBA, particularly the Chicago Bulls groups that Rodman performed on within the late 1990s.
President Donald Trump has praised Rodman’s earlier visits to North Korea.
“Maybe Dennis is a lot better than what we have,” Trump advised “Fox & Friends” after one in every of Rodman’s journeys in March 2013. Rodman additionally appeared as a contestant on the NBC present “Celebrity Apprentice” that 12 months.
“Dennis is not a stupid guy,” Trump stated. “He’s smart in many ways, he’s very street wise.”
North Korea has disclosed and examined 4 new missile programs this 12 months and will have a working nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile within the subsequent a number of years. The nation can also be holding 4 Americans for varied alleged crimes.