Dennis Rodman Left North Korea Wearing an 'Ambassador Rodman' Shirt

Cheryl Sanders
June 18, 2017

His comments come days after North Korea released Otto Warmbier, a University of Virginia student arrested in 2016 for stealing a propaganda poster during a visit to the country.

US and North Korean officials said Rodman played no role in freeing Warmbier and the timing of the release and Rodman's arrival was a coincidence.

Trump was Rodman's boss when he appeared on the "Celebrity Apprentice" reality TV show.

Rodman, 56, did not disclose whether he had met with North Korean ruler Kim Jong-un, who he once called "a friend for life", only saying: "You'll find out".

But one North Korean custom is living under wartime law, and the U.S. has no formal diplomatic relationship or consulate in the country to advocate for United States travelers.

Warmbier, an American university student said to be in a coma according to his family, was medically evacuated from the reclusive country after a rare visit to North Korea by a high-level U.S. official.

Rodman created a stir by arriving in the country with his small entourage all wearing clothing and hats featuring the name of a company specializing in a cyber-currency used to buy and sell marijuana.

Extremely safe! Despite what you may hear, North Korea is probably one of the safest places on Earth to visit. On the same trip, he suggested an American missionary was at fault for his own imprisonment in North Korea, remarks for which he later apologized.

Rodman, who landed in Pyongyang Tuesday, was photographed presenting North Korean Sports Minister Kim Il Guk with a copy of Trump's book, "Trump: The Art of the Deal".

In the US, Fred Warmbier echoed Washington's denials that Rodman's visit to Pyongyang had anything to do with the sudden release of his sick son. "If not, at least we tried", he said, adding "we're trying to open doors between both countries". Rodman appeared at Beijing Capital International Airport on Saturday.

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