Former NBA player Dennis Rodman has given North Korea’s Sports Minister a copy of US President Donald Trump’s book The Art of the Deal as a gift intended for the country’s leader, Kim Jong-un.
Rodman arrived in North Korea for his fourth visit to the country.
Before flying from China to North Korea, he told reporters he was “just trying to open a door” with North Korea and was travelling as a private citizen.
Along with President Trump’s book, other gifts he presented for Kim Jong-un included a copy of Where’s Waldo? The Totally Essential Travel Collection, a mermaid puzzle, two sets of soap and two autographed jerseys.
The puzzle and the Where’s Waldo? are likely for Kim’s daughter.
Rodman also met North Korean Olympic athletes, including judo gold medallist An Kum-ae.
“All of you guys should be proud of yourselves, because, you know, a lot of people don’t give you guys credit, because this is such a small country, and not many people from North Korea can compete around the world,” said Rodman.
“But for you guys to come back here in your country, with a medal, that says a lot about North Korea, because people don’t really take North Korea so seriously about sports or anything like that.”
North Koreas Sports Minister made clear that Rodman was viewed fondly in North Korea.
“In the past, our respected supreme leader met you several times and he used his precious time to watch the basketball match with the players you brought here,” Kim Il-guk told Rodman.
“In the past he met you, so our people all know you well. And also we feel that you are an old friend.”