It’s 2018, which means we are currently living in a world in which Dennis Rodman, Kim Jong Un, and Donald Trump are enmeshed in some sort of weird friendship triangle, and we all just have to learn how to accept this as our reality, I guess.
Following President Trump’s highly publicized meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, former NBA star Dennis Rodman openly wept about the historic summit during a live CNN interview from Singapore on Tuesday.
Rodman, who appeared on Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice, has a longstanding relationship with Kim Jong Un. The two struck up an unlikely friendship over their shared love of basketball during one of Rodman’s visits to Pyongyang. During the interview, Rodman spoke of how overjoyed he was for an American president to meet with the leader of North Korea.
Rodman refused to talk about Kim Jong Un’s politics (such as the unsettling allegations that he has starved his people and murdered his own family members) and preferred to focus on the nature of his own personal relationship with the dictator.
“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. So let’s make this happen. If Trump can pull this off, more power to him.”
Though Rodman’s interview was difficult to follow and a bit rambling, it was certainly evident that the former reality star was highly emotional, thanks to the tears streaming down his face.
“Everybody came at me and I am still standing,” Rodman said at one point. “And today is a great day for everybody. I’m so happy.”
Speaking with CNN’s @chriscuomo while wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat, former NBA star @dennisrodman describes his relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his hopes for the country https://t.co/oaMBT2GQ3n pic.twitter.com/YjNf7ZI9Ky
— Cuomo Prime Time (@CuomoPrimeTime) June 12, 2018
Rodman ventured to Singapore during the Trump-Kim Jong Un summit, but was not invited in any official capacity. However, Rodman’s antics during the summit have certainly been the subject of considerable media attention — particularly since Rodman chose to wear a “Make America Great Again” hat, along with a shirt advertising PotCoin, the marijuana cryptocurrency company which sponsored Rodman’s trip.
Rodman’s bizarre Singapore cameo was not lost on Twitter.
Weird times, indeed.
The former NBA player is clearly a huge Trump supporter — which is somewhat odd, considering what Trump tweeted in 2014 when Rodman stated that he hoped to travel to North Korea with Trump one day.
Ouch. Tough break, Dennis.