Rodman gives Kim the gift of Trump: 'The Art of the Deal'
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 16, 2017,
Jun 16, 2017, 16:20
So far on his trip, Rodman, a former contestant on Trump's "Celebrity Apprentice", has met with North Korean athletes as well as the North's sports minister, to whom he handed over a copy of the president's book "The Art of the Deal". An editorial in state media this week threatened to hit New York City with an intercontinental ballistic missile.
In recent year, controversial former National Basketball Association star Dennis Rodman has emerged as America's Kim Jong Un whisperer. Behind-the-scenes discussions regarding Warmbier had been underway well before his visit.
The people behind this endeavor explain that Dennis Rodman is in the very rare position to be able to claim long-time friendships with both the Supreme Leader of North Korea, as well as with the current President of the United States Donald Trump.
Professional long-distance runner Pak Chol says, "I want to please leader Kim Jong Un through my sporting successes".
North Korea said it released an American university student over "humanitarian" reasons in its first official comment since he was returned to his home state of OH in a coma. A high-ranking government official said Wednesday that due to a tight lead time and the gravity of security issues, Cheong Wa Dae and multiple government ministries are working on an idea to leave pending trade issues, including the possible renegotiation of the KOR-US free trade agreement (FTA), to a separate consultative body of top officials from the two countries.
My colleagues Anna Fifield and Karen DeYoung reported that there was no coordination between Rodman and the White House: "Officials involved in securing Warmbier's release told The Post that it had nothing to do with Rodman's trip to Pyongyang, calling it a "bizarre coincidence" that might have been a deliberate ploy from North Korea to distract from Warmbier's condition". The Department of State has said that Rodman played no part in the student's release. Let me reiterate this: "We strongly, strongly suggest that Americans do not go to North Korea".
"A decision by North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons would be a sign that it is willing to implement its agreements with South Korea".
The meeting occurred amid concerns in Washington that the liberal leader may be less friendly toward the decades-old alliance because he has said he would pursue dialogue and economic engagement with the North.