>> 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 trip.>> This would 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.>> I'm pretty sure he's pretty much happy at the fact that I'm 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 tshirt, 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.>> My focus to go over there and try to see if I can keep bringing sports to North Korea. So that's the main things.
>> Rodman, who says he's visiting the country as a private citizen, has faced ridicule for his trips, which some US politicians say only serve as fodder for North Korean propaganda.