Rodman arrives in Singapore ahead of summit

Tuesday, 12 Jun, 2018

Rodman, who Trump said last week had not been invited to the summit, has been public about several trips he's made to North Korea to meet with Kim.

In his CNN interview, Rodman - whose trip to Singapore this week was funded by marijuana cryptocurrency Potcoin - said Kim is a "big kid" who just wants to have "fun", and encouraged Trump to show his "heart" to the North Korean dictator. Trafficking, import or export of more than 500 grams could result in the death penalty.

A tearful Rodman told CNN's Chris Cuomo he received "death threats" and "couldn't go home" after first visiting North Korea.

"Obama didn't even give me the time of day", Rodman said.

"I couldn't even go home, but I kept my head up high, brother". Trump said that he would know within seconds of meeting Kim whether the summit would go well. "And I've said to people all along, those people have never showed any animosity, any aggression, any antagonizing ways that have proved me wrong", he added. "I'm so happy", wiping away tears from beneath a large pair of black sunglasses. He wants to come to America.

"I asked him, I said 'I have something to say from North Korea, ' and he just brushed be off", Rodman said. "And today is a great day for everybody, Singapore, Tokyo, China, a great day", Dennis said emotionally in regards to the fact that the day he predicted has finally come. For those of you who don't know, Dennis has formed quite a strong relationship with Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump.

His earlier visits to North Korea included a basketball game he organized, an event chronicled in the documentary film "Big Bang in Pyongyang", which featured Rodman singing "Happy Birthday" to Kim, as well as scenes of inebriated and erratic behavior by the basketball Hall of Famer.

"I've always been an advocate of involving Dennis Rodman", Clapper noted to Cuomo.

Security around Kim's hotel remained tight, suggesting the North Korean leader may return after the summit. He also said that he understands English when he talks about basketball, a sport North Koreans allegedly enjoy.

Saying the controversial talks between him and Kim and between Trump and Kim were the right thing to do, Rodman said: "We need the doors to be open and start fresh and make this world a better place, baby, that's it".