(WASHINGTON) — Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday offered his assessment of Dennis Rodman’s diplomatic skills in the wake of the former NBA star’s controversial visit to North Korea, where he called leader Kim Jong Un an “awesome guy.”
Kerry told NBC News, “Dennis Rodman was a great basketball player. And as a diplomat, he is a great basketball player. And that’s where we’ll leave it.”
Rodman traveled to North Korea last week with the Harlem Globetrotters.
The White House denounced the trip as a “celebrity sporting event” for a repressive regime. A White House spokesman said North Korea instead should focus on the well-being of its own people, “who have been starved, imprisoned and denied their human rights.”
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Euan McKirdy and Natalie L. Gallón, CNN
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