Former NBA star and loose canon Dennis Rodman is breaking his silence about what he thinks really led to the historic June 12th summit between President Donald J. Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, and to say it is a bombshell would be an understatement.
If you’re not familiar with the flamboyant hoops standout’s history with the North Korean leader, then you might not understand the significance of his statement. But, back in 2013, Dennis Rodman made a controversial trip to Pyongyang at the invitation of Kim to try to work out a peaceful agreement for the Korean Peninsula.
In July 2013, Rodman told Sports Illustrated, "My mission is to break the ice between hostile countries. Why it’s been left to me to smooth things over, I don’t know. Dennis Rodman, of all people. Keeping us safe is really not my job; it’s . . . [Obama's] job. But I’ll tell you this: If I don’t finish in the top three for the next Nobel Peace Prize, something’s seriously wrong."
Rodman followed up that meeting with two more that same year, declaring Kim to be “a friend for life.”
Now, five years later Rodman is again in the North Korea mix, claiming to have set the stage for President Trump’s success in his get-together with Kim, by befriending the North Korean leader over the years and encouraging Trump to pursue relations with him.
According to TMZ, “Dennis Rodman had a hearty laugh about President Trump possibly winning a Nobel Peace Prize, because he thinks someone else should be considered ... Dennis Rodman!”
Although Rodman appears to have been joking with his statement, those who know him well believe there is a sliver of truth behind the humor. “Rodman insists he's not seeking accolades for the 2 leaders talking peace, but also reminded us he played a part in it ... and feels vindicated for his efforts.”
It remains to be seen what the historic summit means for the future of the Korean Peninsula, but one thing is clear. President Trump has some serious competition in the Nobel Peace Prize contest!
To learn more about Rodman’s thoughts on the Trump-Kim Summit, watch his emotional CNN interview in the video, below.