cloudy
Tuesday August 21st, 2018 1:48PM

'I'm so happy': Dennis Rodman weeps as Trump and Kim meet

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

SINGAPORE (AP) — Former NBA star Dennis Rodman openly wept on television in a live interview from Singapore on Tuesday as President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un met for the first time. He told The Associated Press that he hopes to soon visit the White House.

The eccentric former reality television star is one of the few Westerners to have spent time with Kim during multiple visits to Pyongyang. The two struck up an unlikely friendship over their shared love of basketball. Rodman also goes back years with Trump and appeared on his "Celebrity Apprentice" show.

In an emotional and sometimes hard-to-follow interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo, Rodman, wearing sunglasses and a "Make America Great Again" hat, said he had received a call from the White House ahead of Trump's historic meeting with Kim — the first between a sitting president and North Korean leader.

Rodman later told the AP in a phone interview that the call had come from White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. "She sent her best wishes and said that Donald Trump is really proud of you. He's happy you're having some type of part of this whole situation," Rodman recalled her saying. "He's very happy to carry out the things I've been saying."

Sanders did not immediately respond to questions about the call.

Rodman suggested he helped lay at least the groundwork for the summit, joking to the AP that he "should be pushing for the Nobel Peace Prize. At least give me a piece of it, something like that. An honorable mention."

He also said he thought he'd meet with Trump soon. "I'm pretty sure that I'll be going somewhere, like the White House to meet him," he said.

In his CNN interview, Rodman grew emotional as he recalled former President Barack Obama failing to take him seriously when he returned from Pyongyang with a message from Kim after one of his trips.

Rodman said that Obama brushed him off and that he'd received death threats and had to go into hiding as a result.

But he jokingly downplayed his televised tears in talking to the AP. "It was just too hot. I was just getting sweaty. Don't get it twisted," he said with a laugh.

He expressed hope that Trump and Kim would be able to make progress — but said he believes that "all the pressure is on Donald Trump," not Kim.

"Trump's going to be Trump," he told the AP. "It's going to be on Donald's hands and how he's going to play this. We don't want this whole summit to come for naught."

But he appeared to have trouble containing his excitement, telling Cuomo, "It's a great day" and exclaiming: "I'm so happy!"

Asked to describe Kim, Rodman said the autocratic leader was "like a big kid" who wants to have a good time, but is "trying to protect his people" and his honor.

"This guy wants to be around the world, he wants to come to America, he wants to enjoy his life, he wants his people to enjoy this life," Rodman said, adding to the AP that "He loves Americans. He wants to come to America and live life. ... He really wants to go watch a basketball game."

White House officials have said that Rodman would play no official role in the diplomatic negotiations. Last week, Trump told reporters that Rodman had not been invited to the summit, but praised him as a "nice guy" and great rebounder.

Rodman's trip was sponsored by PotCoin, a cryptocurrency company that gives marijuana businesses access to banking as an alternative to many financial institutions that will not do business with cannabis companies because marijuana is illegal under U.S. federal law.

In 2014, Trump tweeted dismissively about the possibility that he and Rodman would someday travel to North Korea together.

"Dennis Rodman was either drunk or on drugs (delusional) when he said I wanted to go to North Korea with him. Glad I fired him on Apprentice!" Trump wrote.

___

Gelston reported from Philadelphia. Colvin reported from Washington.

___

Follow Colvin on Twitter at https://twitter.com/colvinj

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Sports, AP Online Basketball, AP National News, Top General short headlines, AP Online Headlines - Washington, AP World News, AP Entertainment, AP Online TV News, APOnline Celebrity News, AP Sports - NBA
© Copyright 2018 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
The Latest: Moon: I 'hardly slept' in anticipation of summit
South Korean President Moon Jae-in says he "hardly slept" in anticipation of the U.S.-North Korea summit in Singapore
11:44PM ( 11 minutes ago )
The Latest: Rodman: Trump must prove trustworthiness to Kim
Former NBA star Dennis Rodman says all the pressure is on President Donald Trump in the historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
11:35PM ( 20 minutes ago )
Asian shares mostly higher with all eyes on Trump-Kim summit
Asian shares are mostly higher but little changed as market players tried to digest the summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore
11:34PM ( 21 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
LEADING OFF: Harper, Nats visit Yankees; Colon seeks record
LEADING OFF: Harper, Nats at Yankee Stadium; Colon seeks record for Dominican-born pitchers; Cubs-Brewers showdown in NL Central; Mets make change at first
10:51PM ( 1 hour ago )
The Latest: Rodman: I got call saying Trump was proud of me
Former NBA star Dennis Rodman says he received a call from the White House ahead of President Donald Trump's historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un
10:33PM ( 1 hour ago )
Morocco casts doubt on NAmerican profit pledge for 2026 WCup
Leaders of North American and Moroccan bids to host the 2026 World Cup are pitching their plans to FIFA voters
10:17PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP Sports
Pistons land ex-Raptors coach Dwane Casey with 5-year deal
The Detroit Pistons hire Dwane Casey, giving him 5-year deal
4:42PM ( 7 hours ago )
The Latest: Former NBA star Rodman arrives in Singapore
Former NBA star Dennis Rodman has arrived in Singapore, hours before President Donald Trump is set to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for the first time
12:47PM ( 11 hours ago )
Back-to-back titles, and Finals MVPs, for Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant goes back-to-back, both as a champion and the NBA Finals MVP
4:22PM ( 2 days ago )
AP Online Basketball
At Trump-Kim summit, human rights is a back-burner issue
At the Singapore summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, North Korea's human-rights record takes a back seat to nuclear concerns
11:09PM ( 46 minutes ago )
Trump, North Korea's Kim come together for momentous summit
President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un came together for a momentous summit Tuesday that could determine historic peace or raise the specter of a growing nuclear threat.
11:03PM ( 52 minutes ago )
Judge spars with Justice Dept. lawyer on foreign favors suit
The Justice Department says President Donald Trump's hotel company did not break the law by doing business with other countries
10:41PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP National News
The Latest: Trump, Kim shake hands to begin historic summit
President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are sharing a historic handshake as they meet for the first time
9:09PM ( 2 hours ago )
Supreme Court allows Ohio, other state voter purges
The Supreme Court has ruled that states can target people who haven't cast ballots in a while in efforts to purge their voting rolls
8:48PM ( 3 hours ago )
Trump, Kim arrive for to historic summit
President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un arrive on Singapore's Sentosa island, site of the world's first meeting between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader.
8:36PM ( 3 hours ago )
Top General short headlines
Republicans reluctant to criticize Trump's actions abroad
Republicans in Congress are often hesitant to publicly criticize President Donald Trump, even when they strongly disagree
9:29PM ( 2 hours ago )
Kansas to use 'Rep' to distinguish candidate with same name
A state board says a Kansas congressman's title will appear on the Republican primary ballot to distinguish him from a challenger with the same first and last names
7:59PM ( 3 hours ago )
Supreme Court tie favors Indian tribes in Washington state
The Supreme Court is leaving in place a court order that forces Washington state to restore salmon habitat by removing barriers that block fish migration
6:40PM ( 5 hours ago )
AP Online Headlines - Washington
Box office top 20: 'Ocean's 8' dethrones 'Solo'
The female-led reboot "Ocean's 8" stole the box-office crown from "Solo: A Star Wars Story" with $41.6 million in ticket sales at U.S. and Canada theaters over the weekend, according to final figures Monday
5:52PM ( 6 hours ago )
Editors resign over decision to retain author Junot Diaz
Three editors at the Boston Review are resigning over the political and literary magazine's decision to retain author Junot Diaz as he faces allegations of sexual misconduct
4:15PM ( 7 hours ago )
De Niro apologizes to Canada for "idiotic behavior" of Trump
Robert De Niro is apologizing to Canadians for the "idiotic behavior of my president" a day after the actor launched an expletive at Donald Trump at the Tony awards
4:07PM ( 7 hours ago )
AP Entertainment
Bourdain's death means loss of a voice for immigrant workers
As passionate as Anthony Bourdain was about the restaurant industry, he also was committed to the immigrant workers who help drive it
3:49PM ( 1 day ago )
Writer of viral Olive Garden review grateful for Bourdain
A North Dakota newspaper columnist says she's grateful Anthony Bourdain stood up for her when she was being criticized online for her glowing review of the Grand Forks Olive Garden
4:43PM ( 2 days ago )
The Latest: Curry on point, Warriors lead Cavs at halftime
Curry has 20 points, Warriors lead Cavaliers 61-52 over Cavaliers in Game 4 of NBA Finals
10:21PM ( 3 days ago )
AP Online TV News
Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne celebrate Summer Jam's 25th year
Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne and Meek Mill were the highlights as the famed Summer Jam music event celebrated its 25th anniversary with jam-packed performances
11:02AM ( 12 hours ago )
A theme of tolerance, inclusion at this year's Tony Awards
An intimate musical about cultural understanding was a top winner at the Tony Awards, on a night where tolerance and inclusion were constant themes
7:33AM ( 16 hours ago )
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to visit Australia, Fiji
Kensington Palace says Prince Harry, and his wife, the former actress Meghan Markle, will be touring Australia, Fiji, the Kingdom of Tonga, and New Zealand this fall
6:10AM ( 17 hours ago )
APOnline Celebrity News
Dub Dynasty: Warriors sweep Cavs for second straight title
Golden Still: Warriors sweep LeBron, Cavs for third NBA title in four years
12:40AM ( 2 days ago )
LeBron gets swept, and now all eyes on his future
LeBron James gets swept out of the NBA Finals, and now the league will wait to see what he does next
11:46PM ( 3 days ago )
The Latest: Warriors win 2nd straight title, sweep Cavs
Warriors win 2nd straight NBA title, complete sweep of Cavaliers with XXX-XXX victory
11:32PM ( 3 days ago )
AP Sports - NBA
The Latest: Moon: I 'hardly slept' in anticipation of summit
South Korean President Moon Jae-in says he "hardly slept" in anticipation of the U.S.-North Korea summit in Singapore
11:44PM ( 11 minutes ago )
The Latest: Rodman: Trump must prove trustworthiness to Kim
Former NBA star Dennis Rodman says all the pressure is on President Donald Trump in the historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
11:35PM ( 20 minutes ago )
Asian shares mostly higher with all eyes on Trump-Kim summit
Asian shares are mostly higher but little changed as market players tried to digest the summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore
11:34PM ( 22 minutes ago )
Singapore Postcard: Summit adds value to North Korea's coins
Stamped with images of "Eternal President" Kim Il Sung, national monuments or ballistic missiles, coins minted in North Korea are renowned among collectors for their scarcity, partly due to sanctions that outlaw them from being auctioned
11:29PM ( 27 minutes ago )
The Latest: Trump, Kim chat over lunch of beef short ribs
President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are chatting over a lunch of beef short ribs, sweet and sour crispy pork, and braised codfish
11:28PM ( 28 minutes ago )