Dennis Rodman, the former NBA star who has visited North Korea several times, broke down in tears during a televised interview Tuesday as President Trump and Kim Jong Un held a historic meeting in Singapore.
Dennis refers to Kim Jong Un as a good friend.
In an emotional interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo, Rodman, wearing a red "Make America Great Again" hat, blasted former President Barack Obama for not taking the North Korean leader seriously.
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Rodman said that five years ago Kim told Rodman "certain things" to relay to Obama concerning potential negotiations, but the former president "didn't even give me the time of day, he just brushed me off, but that didn't deter me."
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Rodman got emotional and repeatedly dabbed away tears as he recounted the death threats and harsh treatment he received in the U.S. for visiting Kim.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">"Today is a great day," former NBA star Dennis Rodman says in an emotional interview in which he describes his relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un <a href="https://t.co/eoNeZnYFm7">https://t.co/eoNeZnYFm7</a> <a href="https://t.co/6gouUPBBpX">pic.twitter.com/6gouUPBBpX</a></p>— CNN International (@cnni) <a href="https://twitter.com/cnni/status/1006354333246427136?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 12, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
"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."
Rodman went on to say, "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 gonna give you a present."
Rodman said he promised to bring a professional basketball team to North Korea, "even though I knew I couldn't do it."
Rodman said he quickly realized that he needed to make good on his promise, or there would be a "problem."
After helping train North Korean basketball players and arranging to bring ex-NBA players to the country, according to Rodman, Kim approached him to say, "Dennis, you know, this is the first time someone ever kept their word to me in this country."
The moment was emotional, Rodman said. He encouraged Trump to show his "heart" to Kim.
Rodman described the dictator as a "big kid" who just wants to have "fun."
"If Trump can pull this off, more power to him," Rodman said.
Rodman said Trump reached out to him before the summit through a secretary to tell Rodman he is "very proud" of him.
"We don't need a miracle, but we need the doors to be open so we can start fresh," Rodman said of the historic meeting.
"I just wanna bring sports to North Korea," Rodman said. "That's it, sports. … I'm just so happy to be here, man," he added, calling it "the world's day."
“Donald Trump should take a lot of credit for this. He went out the box and made this happen," Rodman added.
Of course, the liberal biased social networks will try to make this a bad thing.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">So Dennis Rodman wearing a MAGA hat and crying tears of joy for World Peace isn't "advertiser friendly" according to YouTube. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Demonetized?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Demonetized</a>. So thanks to all my Patreon and PayPal bros. YouTube is continuing to really screw over news channels. <a href="https://t.co/eVZa90leQn">pic.twitter.com/eVZa90leQn</a></p>— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) <a href="https://twitter.com/MarkDice/status/1006597052376088577?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 12, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
President Trump has either had meetings or reached out to Kanye West, Kim Kardashian and now Dennis Rodman. All three have been very successful. The left is calling Trump a racist. I see no racism at all. He just wants the U.S. to be great again.
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When Rodman first went to North Korea I had no clue what he was doing. After this I still don't know if he knows what he is doing but I think his heart is genuine.
Rodman is right. Obama was a big DO NOTHING president intent on destroying everything that made America great. hey Obama! FUCK YOU!
I had no idea Rodman was in N.Korea to bring basketball there. I think it’s fabulous. I am tentatively optimistic that we can have peace with N.Korea. I trust our President. Great article.
Jung-Un reminded me of a young kid. I believe Dennis has that part right. He looked like he respected our President & that says a lot to me
Just remember Lexy, Rodman first and foremost has always been about keeping himself in the news. I have watched him since he was a rookie with the Pistons. He did marry himself afterall…
Hope your doing well. Keeping telling the truth.