Dennis Rodman had an unusual take on President Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, telling AFP that he thinks they’re both “pretty much the same people.” This coming from a man who, also uniquely, calls both men “friends.”
“They love control," he told the international news agency Tuesday in Beijing.
He also thinks the continual warnings about nuclear war are “entertainment.”
"Ain't nobody got no finger on the button," he said.
The former NBA star has openly expressed his willingness to help both sides communicate, serving as a peacemaker of sorts.
Rodman believes he can "alleviate some pressures as far as communication" between the US and North Korea.
On one of his North Korea trips in 2013 and 2014, "(Kim) gave me three things ... to say to the president," he said. "They asked us: Can you go back to America to ask them to do this for us?"
For years, Rodman kept these three "pretty reasonable" requests secret because Kim told him being a middleman might put him in danger.
But that was before Trump became president.
"This whole thing with me, (Kim) and Donald Trump -- it's a whole different dynamic right now," said Rodman.
"I said to (Trump) I got three things to say to you, and after that, he told me to f*ck off."
Now, Rodman plans to organise a basketball game between players from North Korea and Guam, a Pacific island which the North has threatened to hit with missiles.
The match would be held in the "neutral site" of Beijing, Rodman said.
While he has yet to clear the idea with authorities, he hopes that such a game would "give something historical for everyone to see" -- to show that "there's no hatred at all" on either side. (AFP)
Rodman has visited North Korea several times, even gifting a copy of Trump’s “Art of the Deal” to Kim Jong Un when he was in Pyongyang over the summer. The former NBA player, who’s called Kim a “friend for life,” was fired by Trump on his former show, “Celebrity Apprentice.”