Dennis Rodman, former NBA player and friend of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, wept tears of joy discussing the Trump-Kim summit with CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Monday night, all while wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat.
He also took the opportunity to take a swipe at former President Barack Obama, who Rodman said never even gave him “the time of day.”
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What did Rodman say in the interview?
Speaking to Cuomo from Singapore, Rodman openly wept over the summit, described death threats he reportedly received as a result of trying to broker peace between the U.S. and North Korea, and castigated Obama for reportedly rebuffing his attempts to help in peace talks between the two countries after returning home from his first trip to North Korea.
“If Trump goes in there with his heart on the table … it ain’t gotta be about war … we are moving into the future,” Rodman told Cuomo. “I told people about Kim Jong Un, he is all about the 21st century.”
Rodman added that North Korea has been “gracious” to him as well as the U.S.
“We have really put ourselves on the line to reach out to North Korea and they have been so gracious to me, my family and the United States,” he said. “So let’s make this happen. If Trump can pull this off, more power to him.”
“Donald Trump is going to make sure … our hands are always open because, as Americans, we let so many people around the world join us to be happy,” he added.
What happened with Obama?
The former NBA star went on to discuss his attempts to get Obama to listen to messages that Kim reportedly gave to Rodman while he was visiting the country.
“I tried to do that with Obama, but Obama didn’t even give me the time of day,” Rodman revealed. “I told him, ‘I have something to say from North Korea.’ He just brushed me off.”
That didn’t deter Rodman, however, who continued to visit with the country.
“I kept going back,” he said. “I said to everybody, ‘The door will open.'”
What about the death threats?
Rodman went on to address purported death threats he received for his meeting with the North Korean leader.
“I got so many death threats,” Rodman told the CNN host. “I couldn’t even go home, I had to hide for 30 days.”
He added, “Everybody came at me, and I’m still standing. It’s a great day for everybody – Tokyo, China … I’m so happy.”