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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. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)

Dennis Rodman gifts Trump's 'The Art of The Deal' to North Korea


Former NBA star Dennis Rodman on Thursday gave a top North Korean official a copy of President Trump’s book as a gift for hosting him there, according to AFP.

Rodman reportedly gifted “The Art of the Deal” to North Korean Sports Minister Kim II Guk alongside several other unusual presents.

Rodman also purportedly gave Kim two autographed jerseys, some soap and a copy of "Where’s Waldo? The Totally Essential Travel Collection.”

The Associated Press's video of Rodman and Kim’s meeting shows no indication as to whether the copy of Trump’s book was signed by the president.

Rodman landed in Pyongyang Tuesday, making his fifth visit to one of the world’s most reclusive countries.

The NBA Hall of Famer said Trump would be “pretty happy” about his trip to North Korea, adding he was trying to accomplish something that they “both need.”

Meanwhile, reporters on Thursday voiced amazement at Rodman's visit to North Korea amid tensions between the Asian nation and the U.S.

Rodman’s last journey to North Korea in2014 provoked controversy when he called North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un his “friend for life.”

The retired professional athlete’s arrival coincided with North Korea’s release of jailed U.S. student Otto Warmbier the same day.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday said that Warmbier had been released and was heading back to his family in the U.S.

North Korea’s high court in 2016 sentenced Warmbier to 15 years in prison with hard labor after he confessed to trying to steal a political banner there.

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