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Rodman on Kim-Trump Meeting: ‘Today Is a Great Day’

Posted June 11, 2018 11:09 p.m. EDT

In an emotional interview with CNN on Tuesday, retired basketball star Dennis Rodman expressed his hopes for peace as President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met in Singapore, declaring, “Today is a great day.”

Rodman is one of a handful of Americans to have met Kim, having traveled several times to North Korea.

Speaking to CNN from Singapore, Rodman wore a red “Make America Great Again” hat and a T-shirt bearing the name of PotCoin, a cryptocurrency. The former NBA player teared up at times during the interview as he recounted the criticism he received for visiting North Korea soon after Kim became leader of the isolated authoritarian state.

“Today is a great day for everybody, Singapore, Tokyo, China, everything,” Rodman said. “It’s a great day and I’m here to see it. I’m so happy!”

He expressed hope that the two leaders could reach some sort of deal that might lead to peace on the Korean Peninsula.

“Let’s make this happen,” he said. “If Trump can pull this off, more power to him.”