Famed basketball star Dennis Rodman made another trip to North Korea, which has been ruled for decades by a belligerent Communist government that continues to threaten the United States and its allies. Rodman left a copy of President Donald Trump’s best-selling ‘The Art of the Deal’ with the country’s strongman, Kim Jong Un. Among the lessons that the North Korean leaders might learn from the book are Trumpian maxims such as “think big” and “maximize your options.”
During this visit to the secretive nation, former NBA player Rodman gave other presents for Kim to North Korea’s minister of sports that included basketball jerseys that he autographed before the cameras, soap sets, a mermaid jigsaw puzzle, and another book “Where's Waldo?” The puzzle and second book may be for Kim’s daughter.
Rodman is familiar with Trump, having appeared on “Celebrity Apprentice.” He also knows Kim, having visited with Kim several times in 2013 and 2014. Rodman has called Kim a “friend for life,” and has tweeted that Trump “has been a great friend for many years.”
In a video that was recorded before his meeting with the sports minister, Rodman’s agent said that the trip is part of an effort to foster peace between the United States and North Korea.
“He's the only person on the planet that has the uniqueness, the unbelievable privilege of being friends with President Trump and Marshal Kim Jong Un,” Chris Volo said on the video. “He's going to try to bring peace between both nations.” Rodman added: “That's the main reason why we're going. We're trying to bring everything together. If not, at least we tried,” he said. “We're trying to open doors between both countries.”
Among the other things that the leader of North Korea might learn from Trump’s book is “Use your leverage.” He also says in the book “The worst thing you can possibly do in a deal is seem desperate to make it. That makes the other guy smell blood, and then you’re dead.”