"He’s a good friend to me -- I don’t see the politics of this whole situation."


What: Dennis Rodman -- clad in a "Make America Great Again" hat -- broke down in tears during a TV interview Tuesday about President Donald Trump's summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. 


Speaking from Singapore as the historic meeting took place nearby, the NBA Hall of Famer was seemingly overcome with joy, saying that during his multiple visits to North Korea to meet Kim, then-President Barack Obama would not even give him "the time of day," and when he got back to the United States he had to hide out due to death threats.


In an interview with Chris Cuomo on CNN, Rodman expressed hope that Trump would be successful in his diplomatic push to forge an agreement with North Korea that would see the rogue regime denuclearize. 


”We have really put ourselves on the line to reach out to North Korea and they have been so gracious to me, my family and the United States. So let’s make this happen. If Trump can pull this off, more power to him,” he said. 


Rodman is in a unique position of knowing both the US and the North Korean leader. In addition to his Kim meetings, Rodman appeared on Trump's one-time reality TV show, "Celebrity Apprentice." Beneath the MAGA hat, Rodman wore a T-shirt promoting a marijuana-related cryptocurrency company, sunglasses, and lip and nose rings.


Why: Rodman's bizarre interview -- and his very presence in Singapore -- underscored the unconventional vibe of the Trump-Kim summit, before which the president said he did not need to prepare much and would know "within the first minute" whether North Korea was serious. 

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Rodman is "in love" with North Korea: "The people of North Korea have a heart, they have soul, charisma, and they love each other," Rodman said. "I fell in love with the country from day one."


Kim is misunderstood: "He’s all about the 21st century, he’s trying to progress his country," Rodman said. "He’s more like a big kid… He loves to have a good time… This guy wants to be around the world, he wants to come to America, he wants to enjoy this life, he wants his people to enjoy this life."


Stop the hatred, stop the lying: "That country is normally always hearing people that are always lying, deceitful, and not trustworthy," Rodman said. "I just wanted to see it get done so that we all could live together. No more hatred."

But what about the human rights violations?: Cuomo stated that Kim "isn't all selfies and smiles" as he is responsible for the deaths and hardships of thousands of people.


"He’s a good friend to me -- I don’t see the politics of this whole situation," Rodman said. "I want to see us get along, to have a handshake, to have a smile, have a glass of iced tea."