Dennis Rodman arrives in Singapore just hours before Trump-Kim summit

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Dennis Rodman, probably the only person in the world who personally knows US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, is officially in town for the historic summit.

Exactly what role will he play in the US-North Korea talks, due to take place at Capella Hotel at 9am today? Hell knows — but you can be sure that he’ll be entertaining to watch.

The Worm was spotted emerging from the baggage claims area at Changi Airport a little before 12:30am today and was immediately bum-rushed by a flurry of journalists. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, he told reporters that he wasn’t sure if he would even meet Kim in Singapore. Considering that both the North Korean leader and the US president are expected to depart Singapore quickly after the summit, Rodman might be making the trip here for nothing after all.

He did tweet last week that he would give “whatever support is needed” to them both.

But that tweet arrived after the White House ruled out any role for the high-profile retired NBA player in the hotly-anticipated talks with the North Korean leader, with whom Rodman has struck up an unlikely friendship.

Of recent years, the eccentric and outlandish character struck the world’s unlikeliest bromance with Kim, a known basketball enthusiast. In 2013, the 57-year-old visited North Korea to host basketball exhibitions with the Harlem Globetrotters as part of a VICE documentary. It was there he met Kim Jong Un, and it was there a friendship was born. “He’s my friend for life — I don’t care what you guys think about him,” Rodman once yelled at reporters about his friendship with Kim.

Since Kim took power, Rodman has made five trips to Pyongyang. In his last visit to North Korea in June last year, Rodman gifted Kim with a copy of Trump’s book The Art of the Deal.

The flamboyant star is also known to be a vocal supporter of Trump — a man he describes to be “one of the best negotiators of all time”. Rodman appeared in Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice reality TV show, only to be booted off because he misspelled Melania Trump’s name.

We haven’t even gotten into the fact that his trip to an infamously anti-narcotic nation was made possible by PotCoin, a digital cryptocurrency for the marijuana industry.

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