Trump-Kim Summit: Dennis Rodman bursts into tears after witnessing historic handshake

Former U.S. basketball star Dennis Rodman (centre) arrives at Pyongyang’s international airport, North Korea in this photo taken by Kyodo last June.
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Former US National Basketball Association (NBA) star Dennis Rodman arrived in Singapore early on Tuesday (June 12), just in time for the morning summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The NBA celebrity echoed the US president’s excitement about the historic meeting and could barely contain himself as he witnessed Trump and Kim shaking hands on television.

Rodman has developed a rapport with Kim and made several trips to the hermit kingdom over the last few years. He is also one of the few American citizens to have struck up a friendship with the North Korean leader, who is said to be a fan of Rodman’s old team, the Chicago Bulls.

Not only that, Rodman is also connected to Trump, appearing on his reality TV show “The Apprentice” in 2013; though the latter famously fired the flamboyant basketballer on air after he misspelled Melania Trump’s name on a promotional poster as “Milania.”