Former basketball star Dennis Rodman has broken down in tears over the Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un summit, recalling his own meeting with the North Korean leader.
Moments after the two leaders shook hands, a tearful Rodman told CNN’s Chris Cuomo he received “death threats” and “couldn’t go home” after first visiting the rogue regime.
“It’s amazing, when I said those things, when I said those damn things, when I went back home I got so many death threats,” Rodman, who was wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat, told CNN’s Chris Cuomo.
“I was sitting up, protecting everything and when I came home I couldn’t even go home. And I believed in North Korea. And when I went home I couldn’t even go home. I couldn’t go home. I had to hide out for 30 days.
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“I couldn’t even go home, but I kept my head up high, brother. I knew things were going to change. I knew it. I was the only one. I never had no one to hear me.
“I didn’t have no one to see me. But I took those bullets, I took all that. I took everything everyone came at me and I’m still standing.
“Today’s a great day for everybody — Singapore, Tokyo, China, everything. It’s a great day.”
Rodman spoke from Singapore, where he had travelled to play his part in the summit between the two nations.
Having developed a personal relationship with Kim Jong-un on frequent travels to North Korea, Rodman is one of the few Americans who can say he met him ahead of Trump’s historic summit.
As Cuomo himself said of Rodman on Monday night, “He is our best resource right now for understanding the minds of the two men, especially Kim Jong-un.”
The flamboyant former basketball star also saw fit to pay tribute to those he said had not turned their back on his diplomatic efforts with Kim.
“I’m thanking Chuck Daly. I’m thanking Phil Jackson. I’m thanking Jeanie Bus,” Rodman told Cuomo, adding, “I’m thanking Eddie Vedder, the Pearl Jam [sic], everybody that’s supported me through all these things.”