Dennis Rodman talks Trump-Kim North Korea summit

Cheryl Sanders
June 12, 2018

Rodman, who knows both Trump and Kim Jong Un, said the US President would understand the people of North Korea "have a heart".

"It's fantastic, when I said those things, when I said those damn things, when I went back home I got so many death threats", Rodman, who was wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat, told CNN's Chris Cuomo. "We sat down for lunch and he said: 'If you go back to the president of the U.S., I'd be willing to talk to him".

Rodman also said Obama didn't give him the time of day and praised Mr Trump for meeting his good friend Kim.

"I kept going back", he said.

I talked to Kim Jong Un and the administration over there five years ago, and he asked me when we sat down for lunch, 'Hey Dennis, I would like to ask you three things to go back and tell the president of the United States these three things and I would be willing to talk to him'.

"I just fell in love with [North Korea] from day one".

"I didn't have no one to see me".

Which Rodman was sporting, along with a Trump MAGA hat, when he wept on CNN's Chris Cuomo show as he recalled former POTUS Barack Obama's reception to his diplomatic efforts. The two struck up an unlikely friendship over their shared love of basketball.

Just in case you did not know this, Dennis has formed a strong relationship with Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump.

Rodman said he was "naive when I went over there".

Translators will be present for Trump and Kim's one-on-one meeting Tuesday local time (Monday night ET), though experts have speculated that Kim knows English and uses translators to have more time to respond.

He first visited North Korea in 2013 with members of the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team, and in 2014 put together a team of North Korean basketball players for an exhibition match marking Kim's birthday. "All of these years, I somehow had something to do with this North Korea situation, but I don't want to take credit", he continued. He added: "People thought that I was trying to overstep my boundaries, thought I was a dignitary, an ambassador, human relations or something like that". I never started this for no money. And yet, somehow we find ourselves with yet more angles to the events in Singapore, with former National Basketball Association star player Dennis Rodman doing the work of attaching another topic that is a favorite of the media, cryptocurrency.

Rodman went on to address purported death threats he received for his meeting with the North Korean leader.

Rodman is one of the only Americans to have visited the hermit kingdom and is deeply invested in the country's future.

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