'Trust each other first': Dennis Rodman watches Trump-Kim summit from Singapore

Geneva Stokes
June 13, 2018

It's been described as the biggest diplomatic breakthrough of the 21st century, but to former basketball star Dennis Rodman, Tuesday's meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Trump was a handsome moment between two good friends.

"I was sitting up, protecting everything and when I came home I couldn't even go home".

In answer to a question about Otto Warmbier, Trump called him and his parents "special" people. In the era of peak post-truth, Rodman, Trump, & Kim raised the proverbial violins aboard a sinking ship of falsehoods and lies.

Translators will be present for Trump and Kim's one-on-one meeting Tuesday local time (Monday night ET), though experts have speculated that Kim knows English and uses translators to have more time to respond. "I don't want to worry about the war stuff, I don't know anything about that", he said. "We just need the doors to be opened so we can start fresh", he said, describing the event as a "great day" and exclaiming: "I'm so happy!"

In an interview with CNN on Tuesday, Rodman said: "It's a great day. I guess it gave me a little more shine of a light, as far as like, knowing the fact that I did something pretty, pretty historical as far as like bringing awareness to North Korea and some of the issues that's over there", Rodman said.

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VICE News was there when White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders personally thanked Rodman in a phone call on behalf of the president. "I told people about Kim Jong Un, he is all about the 21st century". "I kept going back, showing my loyalty to this country!" I never had anyone to hear, see me.

Mr Rodman arrived in Singapore wearing a T-shirt promoting PotCoin, which has sponsored his travel to North Korea in the past. "I'm sorry that my country and your country are not on good terms, but for me and the country, you're a friend for life", he said, before turning to Kim.

Trump told reporters on June 7 that Rodman wasn't invited to the summit. Former Chicago Bulls star Dennis Rodman, of course, who infamously went to North Korea several years ago and keeps inserting himself into these discussions ever since. I still kept going back.

He famously went to North Korea in 2013 with the Harlem Globetrotters, returning twice more that year to hang out with Kim, who was a long time fan of the athlete. I'm so happy just to be here, man, and see everyone in the world get emotional like I did. Asked if he would meet Kim in Singapore, he said he thought the North Korean leader had "bigger things to worry about", but added that every time he'd met with Kim, "it had been a surprise".

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