Former NBA star Dennis Rodman broke down in tears live on CNN Monday night, praising President Donald Trump for holding a historic summit with his longtime friend Kim Jong Un.
"Donald Trump should take a lot of credit for this. He went out the box and made this happen," Rodman said.
Rodman, wearing Trump’s trademark “Make America Great Again” hat, also revealed in the emotional interview that former President Barack Obama ignored him and appeared disinterested in starting a dialogue with North Korea.
“He didn't even give me the time of day -- he just brushed me off, but that didn't deter me,” Rodman said of Obama.
Rodman admitted he was initially “naive” about the North Korean regime, but he never lost hope that real change could happen.
"When I went back home, I got so many death threats," Rodman said, tears streaming down his face. “And I believed in North Korea, and I couldn't even go home. I couldn't even go home, for thirty days. But I kept my head up.”
As for what can be accomplished by the historic Trump-Kim summit, Rodman said he’s not looking for a “miracle.”
"We don't need a miracle, but we need the doors to be open so we can start fresh," Rodman said.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders reportedly called Rodman to thank him for his efforts and support in Singapore.
In a historic moment, President Trump shook Kim Jong Un's hand before holding a private meeting with the North Korean leader. The two men then reconvened for a working lunch with U.S. and North Korean officials.
Hours later, the two men later signed an agreement vowing to work toward full denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.