Dennis Rodman Could Be a Part of Trump's Negotiations with North Korea: Report

Dennis Rodman, a retired professional basketball player, will be in Singapore on June 12 during President Donald Trump's scheduled summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, according to the New York Post — and he may even be involved in the negotiations as a "goodwill ambassador."

"One thing’s for sure the ratings will be huge,” an anonymous source told the Post. “A lot of times in situations that involve complex diplomacy countries like to identify ambassadors of goodwill and whether you agree with it or not Dennis Rodman fits the bill.”

While it is certainly bizarre to have a former basketball player involved in one of the tensest international disputes in decades, the idea is not entirely out of left field. Rodman is known to have a relationship with Kim after he visited North Korea in 2013.

The Post notes that Rodman has said he gave Kim a copy of Trump's book The Art of the Deal in 2017.

The move wouldn't be entirely unprecedented either in terms of American history. Athletes have played role in international relations before, most famously when ping-pong players helped lay the groundwork for President Richard Nixon's overtures to China.

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