On Twitter, some conservatives are hailing it as the greatest troll of all time.
— DeeconX (@DeeconX) June 15, 2017
Gotta love Dennis Rodman- handed the leaders of North Korea President Trump's "The Art of the Deal". Kim Jong un should read it quickly!
— Josh Hall (@JoshHallGOP) June 15, 2017
Rodman is one of the few people in the world who can boast close friendships with both the North Koran dictator, Kim Jong-Un, and Trump, whom he worked under through two seasons ofCelebrity Apprentice.
The retired sports stars relationship with Kim began when he traveled to the isolated Asian nation in January 2014 to celebrate the dictators birthday. Rodman made a second journey to visit the man he calls his best friend on Tuesday.
Although Rodman claims he is traveling as a private citizen, he believes that his visit could open a door for the U.S.
As he boarded his flight to Pyongyang, journalists asked whether Trump was aware of the trip.
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, Rodman said, according to the Associated Press.
The AP confirmed that the copy of Trump’s book was not signed by the president in advance of the presentation.
Rodmans arrival in North Korea coincides withbut is not connected tothe release of 22-year-old American student Otto Warmbier, who returned to the U.S. and to his family in a coma. Warmbier had been sentenced to 15 years hard labor in 2016 after he allegedly attempted to take a government propaganda poster home with him.
The regime claimed that the student fell unconscious after contracting botulism, a bacterial infection that can cause paralysis and death. U.S. doctors, however, assess that he suffered a “severe neurological injury,” and Warmbiers father has publicly disputed the governments explanation.