Former NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman presents a book titled "Trump The Art of the Deal" to North Korea's Sports Minister Kim Il Guk Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Pyongyang, North Korea.
Photo: AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon
Photo: AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon

Dennis Rodman gives North Korean leader copy of Trump book “The Art of the Deal”

Dennis Rodman gifted North Korea with a copy of President Donald Trump’s book The Art of the Deal, as part of a group of gifts he wanted to leave before returning to the United States.

Rodman was recorded giving North Korea’s Sports Minister Kim IL Guk with a copy of Trump’s book, according to various wire services including Agence France Pressse . The former Detroit Piston, San Antonio Spur and Chicago Bull had appeared on Trump’s reality show “The Apprentice.”

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Other gifts included a travel collection of “Where’s Waldo?”, soap and two autographed Rodman basketball jerseys. 

Rodman has been highly criticized for visiting North Korea, specifically in 2014 when he sang happy birthday to his “friend for life,” North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un. He was also criticized for not discussing detained U.S. citizens in the country. 

Rodman arrived the day Wyoming High School grad Otto Warmbier was released after a year in captivity. He was in a coma when he returned to the United States.

Rodman has spent his trip meeting North Korean athletes and watching the country’s men’s basketball team play. 

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