PYONGYANG, NORTH KOREA (JANUARY 8, 2014) (KRT) – Former National Basketball Association (NBA) star Dennis Rodman announced via Twitter on Friday (June 8) he would be in Singapore for the historic meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Rodman has an existing friendship with Kim, having met Kim when he visited the secretive state at least twice in the past. On January 8, 2014, North Korean state broadcaster KRT broadcast footage of Rodman leading an auditorium of North Koreans in singing “Happy Birthday” to their leader. He also brought a team of fellow former NBA stars to the North Korean capital, Pyongyang to participate in an exhibition match.
Following the visit, Trump — who was a real estate mogul and host of The Apprentice reality TV show then — called Rodman “crazy” in a tweet for suggesting that he is interested in going to North Korea with him.
Rodman visited Pyongyang again on June 13, 2017. Video provided by KCNA, which Reuters cannot independently verify, showed Rodman ushered by North Korean Vice Sports Minister Son Kwang Ho upon his arrival at the airport.