Dennis Rodman appeared on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday, where he talked about what was perhaps the most bizarre story of last week — his trip to North Korea and meeting with its leader, Kim Jong Un.Rodman told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that he wouldn’t apologise for his trip or Kim, who he said he considered a “friend.”
Stephanopoulos pressed Rodman on the appropriateness of his trip, considering Kim’s human-rights violations and vows to destroy the U.S.
“I understand what he’s doing. I don’t condone that. I hate the fact that he’s doing that,” Rodman said. “I didn’t talk about that.”
Stephanopoulos asked Rodman if he thought he had a responsibility to ask him about it, so as not to look like he’s “propping up” his regime.
“He loves control, because of his father, you know — stuff like that,” Rodman said. “But he’s just — he’s a great guy. He’s just a great guy. You sit down and talk to him.”
Rodman told Stephanopoulos that Kim wanted one thing: A call from President Barack Obama. He said he saw some common ground between the two leaders. His evidence for that? They both like basketball.
“He said, ‘If you can, Dennis – I don’t want [to] do war. I don’t want to do war.’ He said that to me,” Rodman said.
Stephanopoulos clearly got annoyed with Rodman, saying it sounded like Rodman was apologizing for Kim. Rodman responded with a bizarre comparison — President Bill Clinton had an affair with Monica Lewinsky in office, he said, and still remained powerful.
“How do you compare that to prison camps?” Stephanopoulos said.
When Rodman said he planned on going back, Stephanopoulos gave him a copy of the Human Rights Watch report on North Korea, telling him he might “learn something.”
“You should ask some questions about that,” he said.
“Don’t hate me!” Rodman responded back.
Watch the interview below:
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