Rodman, one of the few people to know both of the nuclear-armed leaders, sported a black T-shirt advertising a marijuana cyber currency as he talked to reporters briefly before his flight from Beijing to the North Korean capital.
Rodman has made several trips to Pyongyang to visit North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, and he thinks his former Celebrity Apprentice boss Trump will approve of his latest trip.
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Asked if he had spoken to US President Donald Trump about his trip, he said: ‘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.’
It is not clear whether Rodman, who once dated Madonna and was married to model and actress Carmen Electra, will be meeting Kim Jong-Un during the current trip or what its exact purpose is.
He said in Beijing his aim is to try to “bring sports to North Korea”
A senior Trump administration official told Fox News Rodman was going to the North “as a private citizen”.
A company called PotCoin, which calls itself a ‘community-based cryptocurrency for legalized marijuana’ released a statement on Tuesday saying it was sponsoring the trip.
‘I’m really looking forward to spending time with the wonderful people of North Korea and of course, visiting with the Supreme Leader, Kim Jong Un,’ he said in the video the company released. ‘I want to thank the folks at PotCoin. They realized the importance of this trip and made it all possible for me.’
However, some have speculated that Rodman, who knows Trump from two seasons on The Apprentice, was really sent as a ‘back door channel’ from Trump to Kim Jong Un using ‘an associate of Trump’s,’ reported the Washington Post.
Rodman has received the red-carpet treatment on each of his past visits but has been roundly criticized for doing so during a time of high tensions between the United States and North Korea over its weapons programs.
His entourage included Joseph Terwilliger, a professor who has accompanied Rodman on previous trips to North Korea, and Chris Volo, his agent.
Rodman said the issue of several Americans currently detained by North Korea is ‘not my purpose right now’.
In Tokyo, a visiting senior US official said Rodman’s trip is as a private citizen.