The Washington Times - April 8, 2013, 07:38AM

Dennis Rodman faced a torrent of criticism after his bizarre trip to North Korea last month, but there’s at least one person who thinks it was worthwhile.

Speaking on “Fox and Friends” on Monday morning, Donald Trump suggested that the Rodman visit represented the most successful diplomacy the U.S. has had with the saber-rattling nuclear power in recent years.

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“He seems to do a better job than anybody else,” the real-estate magnate and reality TV star said. Mr. Rodman also had been a contestant on Mr. Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice,” but was fired on Sunday night’s episode.

Taking a more serious tone, Mr. Trump also blasted U.S. policy of risking American lives to protect South Korea without expecting anything in return.

“South Korea makes a fortune because of us. Why are protecting them without payment?” he said. “They call, and we send our battleships and we send our aircraft carriers and we send everything over there. They don’t give us 10 cents.”