Dennis Rodman's friendship with North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un, was forged back in 2013 when the NBA Hall of Famer led a group of American players to the country for an exhibition basketball game. In fact, he told Good Morning Britain even when he is "hanging out" with Kim in Pyongyang, they hardly ever discuss politics.
The former NBA star appeared on the United Kingdom's popular daily show Good Morning Britain on Wednesday, saying that Kim "loves basketball and I think that's the key for anything in the world... basketball and music".
During his June trip to North Korea, Rodman delivered a copy of Trump's book, "The Art of the Deal", to Kim. As for the latter, Rodman considers him a "friend for life", with the former National Basketball Association athlete revealing that he and Jong-un sing karaoke, as well as ski and ride horses together. But as a former contestant on Trump's reality TV show "Celebrity Apprentice", Rodman also noted that he knows Trump can be "a little bit insane sometimes".
Dennis Rodman has claimed that the North Korean issue could be resolved if people just better understood his friend, Kim Jong Un.
The legendary rebounder said he was not trying to defend Kim's provocations and was "just an ambassador for sports".
"I basically hang out with him all the time".
North Korea has carried out a series of nuclear and missile tests and US President Donald Trump has responded with warnings of a "massive" military response.
"We ride horses, we hang out, we go skiing", he continued.
"If they could sit down and have some kind of mutual conversation and try and start some dialogue, that could open the door just a little bit". Trump's words have rattled US allies as the North Korean regime continues to send intercontinental ballistic missiles into the waters off the coast of Japan, and a recent boast from North Korea stating their acquisition of hydrogen bomb capabilities has the entire world concerned. I've always said that.
As tensions between the United States and North Korea ratchet higher and higher, who could become the voice of reason?