Former NBA star Dennis Rodman revealed Tuesday that White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called him to express appreciation for making the trip to Singapore ahead of President Trump’s summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Rodman is a mutual friend of both world leaders and previously boasted to have “great” friendships with them.
“[Sarah] 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 told The Associated Press. “He’s very happy to carry out the things I’ve been saying.”
During an emotional interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo, Rodman also said Trump reached out to him about his past efforts to relay messages from Kim.
“And that means a lot. All of these years, I somehow had something to do with this North Korea situation, but I don’t want to take credit,” he continued. “I am so thankful to be here. I am glad this is happening. The world saw it. I saw it.”
Wearing a red “Make America Great Again” baseball cap, the former NBA Hall-of-Famer said that Tuesday’s historic meeting was years in the making.
Rodman’s agent, Darren Prince, told CNN that Sanders called Rodman “to thank him for his effort and being in Singapore and his support of Trump.”
“Dennis Rodman’s agent Darren Prince told Melissa Giaimo, ‘Dennis just called me in tears and advised he was very humbled and honored that White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders called him an hour ago to thank him for his effort and being in Singapore and his support of Trump'” Costello shared the news on Twitter.
Rodman also told Cuomo that “Donald Trump should take a lot of credit for” the diplomatic meeting between the two hostile countries.
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