Some strange things are happening in North Korea this week.
First, former NBA star Dennis Rodman showed up in Pyongyang on Tuesday. He was greeted at the airport by North Korean officials and given VIP treatment in customs and immigration.
Just hours after Rodman arrived in the North Korea capital; Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced that North Korea had released an American student who was serving a 15-year prison term for “anti-state” acts, according to ESPN.
Rodman is hardly what the world would expect as an emissary from an American President, but he one of the few persons in the world that know both President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Mr. Rodman appeared on Celebrity Apprentice in 2013 and surprised many with his solid appearance and won praise from Donald Trump who said, “Dennis is a great guy, a great character and I hate to lose him.”
Rodman has visited North Korea four times since 2013 and gets along with the North Korean leader. When asked if President Trump was aware of his trip Rodman has this to say:
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.
— Dennis Rodman
Stranger things have happened in the past, but Dennis Rodman brokering a deal between the United States and North Korea would have to be near the top of the list.