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This combination of file photos shows former NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman in Pyongyang, North Korea on Dec. 20, 2013, left, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang on April 15, 2017. North Korea on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, is expecting another visit by Rodman, who has made several trips to the country but has been criticized for insensitive comments and for regaling leader Kim Jong Un with "Happy Birthday" in 2014. It would be his first visit to the country since President Donald Trump took office (AP Photos/David Guttenfelder, Wong Maye-E, Files)

Dennis Rodman hopes his visit to North Korea will 'open a door' for Trump


UPDATE 10:20 a.m. EST:  Rodman hopes to "open a door" for Trump.

ORIGINAL STORY:  According to officials inside the country, Basketball Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman is headed back to North Korea and is expected to arrive on Tuesday, CNN reported.

Rodman was seen at Beijing International Airport but would not answer any questions. His visit comes amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and North Korea.

Why Rodman is headed back to the hermit kingdom is unclear, but it's been posited that the former "Celebrity Apprentice" contestant could meet Kim Jong Un at President Trump's behest.

Rodman has previously traveled to North Korea four times. The first time was with the Harlem Globetrotters for a series produced by HBO and VICE. 

Rodman sat side-by-side North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at an exhibition game and chatted while watching players from the U.S. and North Korea mix it up. Rodman later told Kim in front of a crowd that he had a "friend for life." 

Rodman visited North Korea in 2014, weeks after Kim executed his uncle for alleged treason. 

Rodman went through with the plan to accompany a group of retired NBA ballers to the peninsula for an exhibition game, an event he called a "birthday present" for his "best friend," Kim. Rodman later had a meltdown on CNN when questioned about ethics of the trip, saying "I don't give a rat's ass what the hell you think." 

Following his return to the U.S., Rodman entered rehab for alcohol. 

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