Former Chicago Bulls basketball great Dennis Rodman wore a red Trump ‘Make America Great Again’ hat during an emotional interview on CNN with Chris Cuomo Monday night (Tuesday morning) from Singapore as President Donald Trump met with North Korea communist dictator Kim Jong Un. At one point Rodman broke into tears as he spoke about getting death threats and having to hide as a result of his efforts to bridge the divide between the U.S. and North Korea.
Rodman told CNN in an interview from Singapore on Tuesday that a White House staffer called the former “Celebrity Apprentice” contestant to tell him the president was proud of him.The basketball player is in Singapore for the summit, but the White House had said he will play no official role.
Wearing a cannabis cryptocurrency t-shirt, dark sunglasses, and a “Make America Great Again” hat, Rodman told CNN he is “just happy to be a part of it because I think I deserve it”.
Reflecting on criticism to his past visits to North Korea, Rodman broke down in tears, saying he received death threats over his meetings with Kim.
The White House did not immediately respond to questions about the call.Rodman struck up an unlikely friendship with Kim over their shared love of basketball, but he says former President Barack Obama never took him seriously.
Rodman described Kim as a “big kid” who wants to see the world and he expressed hope that the two leaders will make progress. Rodman, who expects Tuesday’s summit to be a success, said the outcome would be dependent on the ability of the two leaders to strike up a personal relationship.
“If Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump understand and have a smooth comfortable relationship, smile, laugh, joke … It ain’t gotta be war. It’s gotta be something, everyone, is comfortable with.”
Rodman said Kim, who was educated in Switzerland, “understands bits and pieces” of English.
“I think people understand that Kim Jong Un is not a dumb man,” said Rodman. “He’s trying to protect his people, his honor, and everything that has to do with his country.”
“Let’s just hope for the best. We don’t need a miracle, we just need the doors to be open so we can start fresh and make this place a better world, baby, that’s it.”
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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.