NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman arrives in North Korea for a five-day visit, saying he believes President Trump is happy with what he's trying to accomplish. Linda So reports.
Retired basketball star Dennis Rodman is greeted by North Korean officials as he arrives at Pyongyang's airport on Tuesday. The NBA Hall of Famer is on a five-day visit to the reclusive country. And the reason for his visit? (SOUNDBITE) (English) RETIRED U.S. BASKETBALL STAR DENNIS RODMAN, SAYING: "I'm just trying to 'open a door'. Just open a door. That's it." Rodman telling reporters in Beijing as he was about to catch his flight to North Korea that he believes President Trump would support his mission. (SOUNDBITE) (English) RETIRED U.S. BASKETBALL STAR DENNIS RODMAN, SAYING: "I am pretty much sure that he is happy with the fact that I am over here trying to accomplish something that we both need." Rodman, who appeared twice on Trump's "Celebrity Apprentice" show and is known to have a good relationship with the president, posed for pictures upon his arrival in Pyongyang. Displayed on his t-shirt, the logo of his trip's sponsor, a crypto-currency provider for the legal marijuana industry. It's the latest in a series of visits the former Chicago Bulls star has made to North Korea. He's one of the few Americans to have ever met with leader Kim Jong Un. The trip comes amid rising tensions between Washington and Pyongyang over North Korea's nuclear and missile tests. But Rodman says his visit isn't about politics. (SOUNDBITE) (English) RETIRED U.S. BASKETBALL STAR DENNIS RODMAN, SAYING: "My purpose is always try to see if I can keep bringing sports to North Korea, so that's the main thing. So." Rodman, who says he's visiting the country as a private citizen, has faced ridicule for his trips, which some U.S. politicians say only serve as fodder for North Korean propoganda.