“I knew things were going to change. I knew it. I was the only one,” Rodman said. Former NBA player Dennis Rodman got emotional during a CNN interview from Singapore, where Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are meeting for a summit on nuclear weapons.
Rodman was crying from behind his dark sunglasses while wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat and explaining to CNN’s Chris Cuomo the trials he’s faced to try to create peace between the U.S. and North Korea, including receiving death threats. Rodman grew emotional in the interview as he recalled former President Barack Obama failing to take him seriously when he returned from Pyongyang with a message from Kim after one of his trips.
“Yes, Donald Trump reached out,” Rodman said, telling Cuomo he’d received a call from a person he described as Trump’s secretary.
Rodman is perhaps the only person in the world who has personal relationships with both the US President – he participated on Trump’s pre-presidency reality TV show, “The Celebrity Apprentice” – and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Asked whether the White House had been in contact, Rodman said Trump’s secretary had called him to say “Donald Trump is so proud of you, he says thank you.”
If what Rodman says is true, it represents a marked turnaround from 2014, when Trump, who had yet to be elected president, described Rodman as “Either drunk or on drugs” in response to the basketball star’s suggestion the two might travel to North Korea together.
“Crazy Dennis Rodman is saying I wanted to go to North Korea with him. Never discussed, no interest, last place on Earth I want to go to,” tweeted Trump.
Discussing his relationship with Kim, Rodman said the North Korea dictator was “More like a big kid” who “Loves to have a good time.”