“Obama didn’t even give me the time of day,”
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders thanked Dennis Rodman for his “positive” comments and being “helpful” in bringing President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un together.
“The president had seen some of your comments over the last several days,” Sanders can be heard telling Rodman on speakerphone in a video of the conversation obtained by Vice News on HBO.
“He just wanted me to reach out and thank you for some of the positive things you said and appreciate you being helpful in this process.”
Sanders made the phone call to Rodman on Monday while both were in Singapore for Trump’s summit with Kim.
Rodman — who referred to Sanders as “Trump’s secretary” in a teary CNN interview — thanked the senior White House official and asked for a presidential shout out.
“When you see Donald next time can Donald say hi to me and say, ‘Dennis, I would love to shake your hand,’” Rodman said while laughing.
“I’ll pass that on,” Sanders said. “Today may be a little crazy but we’ll try and do something when we get back to the states.”
Rodman, who called Trump’s press secretary “honey” twice during the call, was enthusiastic about her suggestion that the day would be “a good one for everyone.”
“That’s our whole hope and dream, honey,” Rodman said. “Thank you.”
In an earlier interview Rodman had said:
“Just meeting the regime, meeting Kim Jong-un and the marshalls, I just fell in love with the country from day one.”
The ex-NBA player then started getting emotional as he spoke about former US president Barack Obama.
“Obama didn’t even give me the time of day,” he said.
“I asked him — I said I have something to say from North Korea. He just brushed me off. But that didn’t deter me.
He added, choking up: “When I said those damn things, when I went back home.
“I got so many death threats.”
The Express noted:
During the interview, Mr Rodman also recalled a conversation he claims to have had with Kim Jong-un when he promised him he would bring a group of NBA players to Pyongyang to play a game for his birthday.
When Mr Rodman and the team arrived in Pyongyang, he said Kim told him: “This is the first time someone kept my word to me and my country.”
H/T New York Post