Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman weeps after common friends Trump-Kim meet

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman weeps after common friends Trump-Kim meet

Rodman made the news in recent years for his unlikely friendship with the basketball-loving North Korean leader, and has made five trips to Pyongyang since Kim took power.

In an emotional interview on CNN, Rodman said Trump reached out to him about his past efforts to relay messages from Kim. Majorities also said North Korea is capable of launching a nuclear missile that could reach the USA (64%) and believed that the country's leadership is really willing to follow through on threats to use nuclear weapons against the US (65%).

Rodman said Kim Jong Un was "all about the 21st century and was trying to progress North Korea".

He went on to describe Kim as someone who loves taking selfies and is "a big kid, even though he's small".

"Obama didn't give me the time of day!"

"Kim came to me and said, "Dennis, you know what, this is the first time someone's ever, ever kept their word to me and my country".

Clapper responded: "I agree, weird as it is. this whole thing is unconventional". "I knew it. I was the only one". I never started it for no money. "I'm so happy", wiping away tears from beneath a large pair of black sunglasses.

Rodman has faced ridicule and criticism for his trips to North Korea, which some US politicians and activists view as serving only as fodder for North Korean propaganda. "This guy wants to be around the world, he wants to go to America". "I just watched Dennis Rodman cry on television about facilitating a historic meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un". The basketball Hall-of-Famer said that he had received threats on his life after returning from North Korea in 2014. And today is a great day for everybody.

Mr Trump said last week that Mr Rodman had not been invited to the summit.

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.

While Rodman is now in Singapore and has met Kim on several occasions, he is not playing an official part of the high-level summit.

Asked if he would meet Mr Kim in Singapore, he said he thought the North Korean leader had "bigger things to worry about", but added that every time he had met with Mr Kim, it had been a surprise.

"I think that country is normally hearing people who are always lying, deceitful and not trustworthy".

"Let's just hope for the best".

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