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Rodman gives North Korean official Trump's 'Art of the Deal'

Associated Press logo Associated Press 6/15/2017 By ERIC TALMADGE, Associated Press
Former NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman presents gifts comprising of autographed basketball jerseys, bath soaps and two books, titled "Where's Waldo?" and "Trump The Art of the Deal" to North Korea's Sports Minister Kim Il Guk, right, Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Pyongyang, North Korea. Standing on his left is Joseph Terwilliger, Columbia University academic. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon) © The Associated Press Former NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman presents gifts comprising of autographed basketball jerseys, bath soaps and two books, titled "Where's Waldo?" and "Trump The Art of the Deal" to North Korea's Sports Minister Kim Il Guk, right, Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Pyongyang, North Korea. Standing on his left is Joseph Terwilliger, Columbia University academic. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Former NBA star Dennis Rodman, on low-key return to Pyongyang, has given the North Korean sports minister a copy of President Donald Trump's book "The Art of the Deal."

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) © The Associated Press 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)

It wasn't signed by Trump, who was Rodman's boss for two seasons of the "Celebrity Apprentice" reality TV show.

Former NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman is greeted by North Korea's Sports Minister Kim Il Guk, left, Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon) © The Associated Press Former NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman is greeted by North Korea's Sports Minister Kim Il Guk, left, Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)

Rodman's arrival on Tuesday came just hours after the North decided to release Otto Warmbier, an American university student who had been imprisoned for 15 years with hard labor for trying to steal a propaganda banner.

Former NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman listens during his meeting with North Korea's Sports Minister Kim Il Guk Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon) © The Associated Press Former NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman listens during his meeting with North Korea's Sports Minister Kim Il Guk Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)

Warmbier, who had been confined for 17 months, has apparently fallen into a coma not long after his confinement began. Pyongyang said Thursday saying it decided to let him go for "humanitarian reasons."

Former NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman, center, with Joseph Terwilliger, academic at Columbia University, and colleague Chris Volo, left, watches North Korean basketball players in a game Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon) © The Associated Press Former NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman, center, with Joseph Terwilliger, academic at Columbia University, and colleague Chris Volo, left, watches North Korean basketball players in a game Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)

Officials in Washington and Pyongyang said Rodman played no role in the release.

Former NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman gestures while talking to North Korean Olympic athletes Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)

Former NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman gestures while talking to North Korean Olympic athletes Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)
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