Dennis Rodman, the former NBA Hall-of-Famer and perhaps the only person in the world who has personal relationships with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump, played a key role in the historic US-North Korea summit that took place in Singapore on Tuesday.
Rodman, a close friend of Kim, has visited North Korea several times and is given the credit for bringing the two leaders (Trump and Kim) together. He was in good books of Trump even before he became the US president. Rodman was part of Trump’s pre-presidency reality TV show, “The Celebrity Apprentice.”
During the show, Rodman had asked Trump to go to North Korea with him. But Trump described him as “either drunk or on drugs (delusional)” and said that North Korea was the last place on earth he wants to go to.
However, things changed over the years and after a span of rhetoric and threats, sitting leaders of North Korea and the United States met for the first time in the history.
And for this historic meeting, Rodman deserves some of the credit as he had played an imperative role in bringing the two leaders together.
In an interview with CNN, Rodman claimed that Kim had told him “certain” things to convey to the then US President Barack Obama. But Obama, Radman said, “didn’t even give me the time of day—he just brushed me off.”
The former Chicago Bulls star also blasted the former president for not taking the North Korean leader seriously.
During the interview, Rodman could not control his emotions when he saw Trump and Kim exchanging the historic handshake.
Rodman not only brought the two leaders of quite similar temperament together but also played a significant role towards world peace.