Dennis Rodman Is Visiting His Good Friend, North Korea's Kim Jong Un, To 'Open A Door'
Here we go again. The infamous former NBA "bad boy" is returning to North Korea.
June 13, 2017 at 9:22 pm
Kim Jong Un's American BFF Dennis Rodman is coming to visit him!
Adding another chapter to Dennis Rodman’s peculiar relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the former NBA star is expected to arrive today for his first visit since Donald Trump took presidential office, according to the Associated Press.
In addition to being friends with Kim, Rodman's also pals with the president, having twice been a contestant on The Apprentice.
So is Rodman headed to the Hermit Kingdom as a proxy for the Trump administration?
Nope. Of the president, Rodman said, “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.”
North Korea and the Unites States aren't friends. The red state is still upset over the thousands the United States killed in its bombing campaign during the Korean War. The Unites States is upset that North Korea refuses to stop developing nuclear weapons.
Not helping things is the fact that several Americans are currently in prison in North Korea. Asked whether he will try to secure those prisoners' release, Rodman said that doing so was “not my purpose right now.”
As sad as it is to say, it’s likely best for Rodman to stay away from comments regarding the detainment of Americans given the hot water he landed in during his 2014 North Korean visit, when he suggested that an American missionary was at fault for his own imprisonment, a comment for which he later apologized.
“We are aware of his visit. We wish him well, but we have issued travel warnings to Americans and suggested they not travel to North Korea for their own safety,” U.S. Undersecretary of State Thomas Shannon told the AP.
Ignoring the travel warning, and ever the showman, Rodman tweeted about his trip, noting that it was sponsored by marijuana cybercurrency, Potcoin.
Headed back to North Korea. Thank you https://t.co/zBtIFz1QBr for sponsoring my mission. I'll discuss when I return. https://t.co/oCEsSvI90B— Dennis Rodman (@dennisrodman) June 13, 2017
Exactly why the cybercurrency is sponsoring the trip isn't known; however, the AP notes that North Korea has of late gained a reputation for being a "pothead paradise," despite the fact that marijuana use is illegal in the state.
Time will tell, but given the actors here, literally anything could happen!