“I got permission to go to Russia to help that girl,” Rodman told NBC News at a restaurant Saturday in Washington, D.C. “I’m trying to go this week.”
However, an unidentified senior official with President Joe Biden’s administration discouraged the trip, telling the network: “It’s public information that the administration has made a significant offer to the Russians, and anything other than negotiating further through the established channel is likely to complicate and hinder release efforts.”
The NBA icon previously made multiple visits to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and also met Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2014 after a trip to Moscow, even calling Putin “cool” afterward. Rodman has also given himself the credit for the release of Kenneth Bae, an American, from North Korea.
“It’s unacceptable,” he added, “and I call on Russia to release her immediately so she can be with her wife, loved ones, friends, and teammates. My administration will continue to work tirelessly and pursue every possible avenue to bring Brittney and Paul Whelan home safely as soon as possible.”
America has reportedly offered Russia a swap of Griner and Whelan, an accused spy, for Viktor Bout, an imprisoned Russian arms dealer. After Griner was found guilty and sentenced to nine years in prison, the Kremlin said they were open to negotiating with U.S. officials.
News Source: TheGrio / Written Credits to: TheGrio Staff