Former NBA player and Kim Jong Un whisperer Dennis Rodman plans to be in Singapore next week during President Donald Trump’s summit with the North Korean dictator, The New York Post reported, quoting an unidentified source.
According to the report, Rodman will arrive in Singapore on Tuesday local time, a day before the scheduled sitdown.
“No matter what you might think about his presence. One thing’s for sure: The ratings will be huge,” the source said, speaking in terms the president often uses himself. “A lot of times in situations that involve complex diplomacy countries like to identify ambassadors of goodwill, and whether you agree with it or not Dennis Rodman fits the bill.”
However, Rodman’s agent, Darren Prince, told The Post that no trip to Singapore had been confirmed, but that Rodman would be willing to go if his expertise were needed.
“He’s talked about it, but no final trip or plans have been made,” Prince said.
Rodman, who has been to the reclusive nation five times in the past, struck up an unlikely friendship with Kim during those visits and is taking some credit for Trump and Kim's scheduled historic meeting.
Rodman said in an April interview with TMZ that Kim didn’t understand the president until Rodman gave the North Korean dictator a copy of Trump’s ghostwritten book, “The Art of the Deal,” for his birthday in 2017.
“I think he didn’t realize who Donald Trump was at that time, I guess, until he started to read the book and started to get to understand him. Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un are pretty much the same,” Rodman told the website.
“I don’t want to take all the credit. I don’t want to sit there and say, ‘I did this, I did that.’ That’s not my intention,” Rodman said.
“My intention was to go over and be a sports ambassador to North Korea so people understand how the people are in North Korea. I think that has resonated to this whole point now.”
The White House said Tuesday that Trump and Kim will meet next week at a luxury resort on Sentosa Island to begin nuclear talks. The meeting will be at the Capella Hotel, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted.
Trump and Kim’s much-anticipated meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday local time (9 p.m. ET Tuesday).