Dennis Rodman, five time NBA champion and a friend to both President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Dictator Kim Jong-Un, served as an unlikely link between the U.S. and North Korea during their diplomatic summit in Singapore. The former NBA star has visited North Korea several times, and remains public about his positive relationship with the longtime dictator.
.@dennisrodman, the former @NBA star and longtime friend of Kim Jong Un, broke down in tears during a televised interview early Tuesday as President @realDonaldTrump and Kim held a historic meeting in a hotel on Singapore's Sentosa Island. https://t.co/LzkNd2WhXv pic.twitter.com/hk2ArieWil
— Fox News (@FoxNews) June 12, 2018
With no surprise, Rodman was present in Singapore, supporting the long awaited summit between President Trump and Kim Jong-Un. Although, Rodman still found a way to surprise viewers during a live televised interview when he into tears, uncontrollably sobbing while describing his past experiences with North Korea and its dictator.
The interview was conducted by CNN’s Chris Cuomo, but quickly turned into a passionate, emotionally driven rant when Rodman was asked about his feelings on the long awaited summit. During the CNN interview, Rodman can be seen wearing President Trump’s famous, red “Make America Great Again” hat, and he criticized former President Barack Obama, while praising the job Trump is currently doing in office.
Rodman, during the interview, told viewers that Kim Jong-Un would tell him “certain things” to relay to President Obama, in hopes of a potential negotiation. Dennis said the former president “didn’t even give me the time of day, he just brushed me off, but that didn’t deter me.”
Former NBA star @DennisRodman shed tears over the summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un & @realDonaldTrump in Singapore, saying former President Obama wouldn't give him the time of day with his diplomatic efforts. #NorthKoreanSummit #DennisRodman https://t.co/rLuFNWLX1p pic.twitter.com/BcmoaBwM3F
— The Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) June 12, 2018
The former NBA all-star began to get visibly choked up when talking about the death threats he would receive from “all these random people.” The threats stemmed directly from his multiple visits to North Korea, along with the fact he has a positive relationship with Dictator Kim Jong-Un.
“When I went back home, I got so many death threats,” Rodman said, visibly shaking and crying. “And I believed in North Korea, and I couldn’t even go home. I couldn’t even go home, for thirty days. But I kept my head up.” Said Rodman.
The interview took an odd turn when Rodman provided some “advice” for President Trump in the form of an anecdote, directly related to trust.
— Cuomo Prime Time (@CuomoPrimeTime) June 12, 2018
“President Trump should understand the fact that the reason the Marshal of North Korea (Kim Jong Un) respects Dennis Rodman is the fact that he trusts me, and I gave him something for his birthday — and I thought I couldn’t pull this off — and I said the day before his birthday, I’m going to give you a present.”
Rodman even claims President Trump and his team reached out to him, to let him know how “very proud” the President is of him.
— FOX Business (@FoxBusiness) June 13, 2018
Rodman wrapped up his emotionally charged and bizarre CNN interview by giving credit to President Trump’s outstanding work setting up a diplomatic meeting between the United States and North Korea.
“Donald Trump should take a lot of credit for this. He went out the box and made this happen.” Said Dennis Rodman.
— VICE News (@vicenews) June 12, 2018