Former NBA star Dennis Rodman openly wept on television in a live interview from Singapore as President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met for the first time.
The eccentric former reality television star is one of the few westerners to have spent time with Kim during multiple visits to Pyongyang. Rodman also goes back years with Trump and appeared on his “Celebrity Apprentice” show.
In an emotional interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo, Rodman, wearing sunglasses and a “Make America Great Again” hat, said he had received a call from the White House ahead of Trump’s historic meeting with Kim.
“Yes, Donald Trump reached out,” Rodman said, telling Cuomo he’d received a call from a person he described as Trump’s secretary. “She called me and said, ‘Dennis, Donald Trump is so proud of you. He thanks you a lot.’ And that means a lot,” said Rodman. He added that he suspected he “somewhat had something to do with this North Korean situation.”