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Dennis Rodman claims he’s repsonsible for easing tension between Trump and Kim Jong-un

Dennis Rodman believes he is partly responsible for easing the tension between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. 

Rodman told TMZ that he feels like Kim has had ‘a change of heart’ regarding the way he feels about Trump and the US.

The basketball legend claims that when he went to visit North Korea in June 2017, he gave Kim books about Trump and America.

‘I did a lot of things for Donald Trump. I think he [Kim] didn’t realize who Donald Trump was at that time until I guess he started reading the books and started to get an understanding,’ Rodman told TMZ.

  

Dennis Rodman believes he is partly responsible for easing the tension between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Rodman is pictured with Kim

On his most recent trip to North Korea in June 2017, Rodman (left) brought along a copy of Trump's Art of the Deal as a gift for Kim, who he wasn't able to meet with that time

On his most recent trip to North Korea in June 2017, Rodman (left) brought along a copy of Trump’s Art of the Deal as a gift for Kim, who he wasn’t able to meet with that time

President Donald Trump

Trump and Rodman pictured together in 2009

But Rodman, who said last month that he has high hopes for the tentative summit between the US and North Korea, says he doesn’t take full responsibilty for bringing peace between the two leaders

But Rodman, who said last month that he has high hopes for the tentative summit between the US and North Korea, says he doesn’t take full responsibilty for bringing peace between the two leaders.

‘I don’t want to sit here and say, I did this and I did that. That’s not my intention,’ Rodman said, adding that his intention was to go to the North and be an ambassador.

He also claimed that North Korean leaders asked him to talk to his friend Trump to see how they could solve things. 

‘I’m just so happy that things are going well,’ Rodman said. 

Last month, Rodman tweeted a photoshopped picture of his friend Kim, wearing a MAGA hat.

‘Hoping for this after my two friends and leaders meet next month #Peace #Love #NotWar #Diplomacy,’ Rodman wrote. 

Rodman was referring to the possible meeting between Trump and Kim.

Last month, Rodman tweeted a photoshopped picture of his friend Kim, wearing a MAGA hat. 'Hoping for this after my two friends and leaders meet next month #Peace #Love #NotWar #Diplomacy,' Rodman wrote

Last month, Rodman tweeted a photoshopped picture of his friend Kim, wearing a MAGA hat. ‘Hoping for this after my two friends and leaders meet next month #Peace #Love #NotWar #Diplomacy,’ Rodman wrote

Rodman  befriended Kim during a 2013 trip to the country. He has returned to North Korea four times since

Rodman befriended Kim during a 2013 trip to the country. He has returned to North Korea four times since

Earlier in March, the North Koreans reached out to Trump to invite him to have a meeting with Kim. Trump accepted, but contrary to Rodman’s tweet, no date has been set so far.

‘Well done, President Trump. You’re on the way to a historical meeting no U.S. president has ever done,’ Rodman said of the meeting at the time. 

Previously, Trump said the meeting could happen as early as May, but experts have said that’s probably too optimistic.

However, during his rally Saturday night in Michigan, Trump said he expects to meet with Kim within the next three to four weeks.

‘I think we will have a meeting over the next three or four weeks that will be a very important meeting… but we’ll see how it goes,’ Trump told his audience. 

‘And again, whatever happens, happens. Look, I may go in. It may not work out. I leave,’ he continued, adding that he would avoid the mistakes of the Obama administration which arrived at a denuclearization deal with Iran. 

Mongolia and Singapore are reportedly the two neutral grounds being considered for the historic meeting between Trump and Kim.

The list was narrowed down on Saturday after Trump spoke with South Korean president Moon Jae-in who made history on Friday by welcoming Kim after decades of frosty relations.

Kim with South Korean leader Moon Jae-in

Kim Jong-un

Mongolia and Singapore are the two places being considered for the meeting between Trump and Kim. The list was narrowed down after Trump spoke with South Korean president Moon Jae-in (left with Kim) who welcomed Kim after decades of frosty relations

After their meeting, Trump and Jae-in spoke on the phone to discuss his looming meeting and the president, as is often the case on Saturday mornings, kept the nation updated on Twitter

After their meeting, Trump and Jae-in spoke on the phone to discuss his looming meeting and the president, as is often the case on Saturday mornings, kept the nation updated on Twitter

After their meeting, Trump and Jae-in spoke on the phone to discuss his looming meeting and the president, as is often the case on Saturday mornings, kept the nation updated on Twitter.

‘Just had a long and very good talk with President Moon of South Korea. Things are going very well, time and location of meeting with North Korea is being set.

‘Also spoke to Prime Minister Abe of Japan to inform him of the ongoing negotiations,’ he said.

The meeting between the two leaders has been complicated by the firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. 

CIA Director Mike Pompeo has filled the position and was just sworn in last week. 

It’s also likely that the US will set conditions related to North Korea’s nuclear program that would need to be completed before the US agrees to meet.

Rodman (left in 2014) befriended Kim (right) after visiting North Korea as part of a Vice special in 2013. He was invited to the country because Kim was a fan of Rodman growing up. After that meeting, Rodman described Kim as a 'friend for life'

Rodman (left in 2014) befriended Kim (right) after visiting North Korea as part of a Vice special in 2013. He was invited to the country because Kim was a fan of Rodman growing up. After that meeting, Rodman described Kim as a ‘friend for life’

Rodman befriended Kim after visiting North Korea as part of a Vice special in 2013.

He was invited to the country because Kim was a fan of Rodman growing up.

After that meeting, Rodman described Kim as a ‘friend for life’.

Since then, he has traveled back to the hermit country four more times. His most recent visit was in June 2017 when he brought along a copy of Trump’s Art of Deal as a gift for Kim.

Rodman also has close ties to Trump, since he competed on the Celebrity Apprentice in 2009. 

In an interview with Stephen Colbert back in December 2017, Rodman offered to work as an envoy to North Korea.  

‘I’m close enough to him to the fact that he can discuss anything with me,’ Rodman said. 

‘But the deal is I don’t discuss politics because that’s not my job. My job is to be a human being, to try and connect us with him.’ 



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