Rodman weeps during interview on sidelines of Trump-Kim summit

Ex-NBA star Dennis Rodman

Ex-NBA star Dennis Rodman

Dennis Rodman was overcome with emotion during a TV interview about President Donald Trump's historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday, June 12.

"Obama didn't give me the time of day", Rodman said. White House, however, did not independetly verify the claim of the call. The two signed a joint statement reaffirming North Korea's commitment to giving up nuclear weapons.

"Today is a great day for everybody, Rodman told CNN".

"If Trump wants the credit, he can take all the credit". I was the only one!

Rodman did not play any official role in the diplomatic negotiations in which Trump said Kim agreed to work towards denuclearization and announced a halt to U.S. I got so many death threats.

But Rodman and his agent did say the five-time National Basketball Association champion was contacted, and thanked, by the White House. Meanwhile, Rodman's relationship with Trump also goes back years when he appeared on his "Celebrity Apprentice" show.

An emotional Dennis Rodman praised President Trump on Monday and told CNN's Chris Cuomo that former President Obama wouldn't give him the time of day on his diplomacy efforts in N. Korea. It was the first-ever summit between a US president and a North Korean leader. I never started it for no money.

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Rodman found himself in a rare position as the summit came together, having met both leaders.

While wearing a red "Make America Great Again" hat, Dennis said: 'In my heart and soul, when I first went to North Korea, I was very honoured to be selected to go there.

Rodman did not return to North Korea until 2017, when PotCoin, the cryptocurrency, sponsored a trip to Pyongyang that coincided with the release of Otto Warmbier, a college student who had been imprisoned in 2016 on charges of stealing a propaganda banner.

"Once I got familiar with the culture and situation, I felt like I was at home", he said of his previous trips to the reclusive country, initially as part of a basketball delegation.

"People thought that I was trying to overstep my boundaries, thought I was a dignitary, an ambassador, human relations or something like that". "I'm so thankful and fortunate we didn't talk about politics". "That's it, sports. I'm just so happy to be here, man".

Despite Obama's cold reception to Rodman's help, he explained that he kept going back to North Korea to show his loyalty and told the world the door "will open".

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