Former NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman, who claims North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is his personal “friend for life,” says he wants President Trump to send him to North Korea as a peacemaker.
In an interview with The Guardian while in Beijing, Rodman said he had hoped to fly on to Pyongyang for a sixth visit with Kim Jong Un, but his plans were thwarted by the U.S. State Department, who placed a ban on U.S. passport holders from traveling to North Korea on September 1, following the death of the American student, Otto Warmbier, who was held captive in North Korea for over a year.
Rodman, 56, claims he is the perfect candidate to bring peace with Kim Jong Un. He calls the Jong Un “the Marshal,” and said, “If I can go back over there … you’ll see me talking to him, and sitting down and having dinner, a glass of wine, laughing and doing my thing. I guess things will settle down a bit and everybody can rest at ease.”
“I think a lot of people around the world … want me to go just to see if I can do something,” Rodman told The Guardian.
“I’ve been trying to tell Donald since day one: ‘Come talk to me, man … I’ll tell you what the Marshal wants more than anything … It’s not even that much,'” he touted, but refused to say just what it was that “the Marshal” wanted.
“I ain’t telling you … I will tell him [Trump] when I see him,” he claimed.
The Guardian noted that the dictator appears to be using Rodman as a way he can present a “gentler image” of himself, as someone who loves horses and baseketball, knowing as soon as Rodman returns back home, that message will be circulated back to the world.
Rodman claimed that Kim has asked him to write a book about Kim’s life, and Rodman said he is considering titling the book, “The Middleman,” in reference to himself.
Rodman claims he plans to organize a basketball game between North Korea and the U.S. territory of Guam, according to the LA Times:
“We thought, ‘This would be awesome!’” Rodman said in an interview in Beijing, his third stop on a “humanitarian tour” of Asia to promote peace between the U.S. and North Korea. “The people in Guam are all about it. They love it. You get a team from North Korea, get these guys from Pyongyang. Play it in Beijing.”
“I would love for Donald Trump to call me and say, ‘What is he like?’” Rodman said. “He’s never met him, he’s never talked with his people.… You can say [Kim] is crazy, but what has he done to you? What has he done in general?”
Twitter lit up with comments from users about the news that Rodman wants to be the peacemaker – some in favor, and some in mockery over the very thought of such an arrangement.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) December 11, 2017
Dennis Rodman has urged Trump to sign him up as a peace envoy to North Korea. https://t.co/9Y6aFfnptW
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) December 11, 2017
Dennis Rodman wants Trump to let him lead peace talks with North Korea and Charles Barkley is out campaigning for Doug Jones. 2017 is going out with a bang
— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) December 12, 2017
Dennis Rodman, in Beijing on a US-NK “humanitarian trip,” just told me he’s trying to organize a soccer match between North Korea and Guam. “The people in Guam are all about it.”
— Jonathan Kaiman (@JRKaiman) December 11, 2017
Dennis Rodman might be our best hope for preventing a nuclear apocalypse. This is the world we have created for ourselves.
— Shane Mauss (@shanecomedy) December 12, 2017
Dear Kim Jong Un,
I will be secretly traveling to various US states… here, there, and everywhere… on a moment’s notice. Please do not nuke me, dear friend.
Sincerely, Dennis Rodman #USSecretWeapon #DennisRodman
— Charlotte Laws (@CharlotteLaws) December 11, 2017
— Dennis Rodman (@dennisrodman) December 10, 2017
— MintPowers (@DesignPolice) December 11, 2017
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