Singapore — Outlandish basketball player Dennis Rodman arrived in Singapore on Monday to assist in the summit between U.S. president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Rodman, who has formed a close bond with the North Korean dictator and who once appeared on Trump’s reality TV show “The Apprentice”, told reporters that he hoped to help facilitate a smooth introduction between his “friends”, the two leaders.
“I’m just happy to be a part of [the historic summit…I think I brought a lot of awareness to people around the world,” Rodman said.
Despite Rodman’s announcement, the White House made it clear Monday that the former NBA star wasn’t invited to come along.
‘Dennis Rodman? No. I didn’t know about Dennis,’ the president said when asked about Rodman’s presence at the summit.
‘He was not invited, but he’s a nice guy. I like him,’ Trump added.
It remains unclear what, if any, role Rodman will play at the meeting, which has been in the works for the past several months. When asked Monday, Rodman said he doesn’t know if, or when, he will meet with Kim.
“I don’t ask Donald Trump for anything. I like Donald Trump,” Rodman told TMZ Sports in April. “He’s a good friend, and I’ve always asked him to talk to me because the good people of North Korea and the government asked me to talk to Donald Trump about what they want and how we can solve things.”