- NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman arrived in Singapore on early Tuesday morning ahead of the summit being held between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
- It was reported last week that the former NBA star could be in attendance for the historic meeting between Trump and Kim in Singapore, but the White House hasn’t said anything official.
NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman arrived in Singapore early Tuesday morning ahead of the summit being held there between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
“I’m just happy to be a part it because I think that I agree with it,” Rodman said to a crowd of reporters at the airport in Singapore. “I think that I’ve brought a lot of awareness to things around the world.”
Rodman said he believes the summit between the two leaders should go fairly well, but that people shouldn’t expect so much in the first meeting.
It was reported last week that the former NBA star could be in attendance for the historic meeting between Trump and Kim in Singapore. He tweeted on Friday that PotCoin, a marijuana cryptocurrency, was sponsoring his trip over, along with interesting imagery of Trump, Kim, and Rodman wearing a pink boa.
— Dennis Rodman (@dennisrodman) December 15, 2017
Rodman has developed a rapport with Kim over the last several years, so much so that he has made multiple trips to the reclusive nation and is one of the few American citizens to have met with its leader. Kim is widely believed to be a fan of the 1990s Chicago Bulls. Rodman was a member of the team from 1995 to 1998 alongside Michael Jordan.
Rodman also has a connection to Trump, appearing on his reality TV show “The Apprentice” in 2013. Trump fired Rodman on the show after he misspelled Melania Trump’s name on a promotional poster as “Milania.”
It is unclear whether Rodman will play a role in the summit. The White House didn’t list him as one of the attendees.
When a reporter asked Trump last week whether Rodman was invited to Singapore, the president responded, “No he wasn’t, but I like Dennis.”
Watch Rodman arrive below:
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David Choi contributed reporting.