No, Kim Jong Un's BFF Dennis Rodman Wasn't Invited To The North Korea Summit, But He May Be Going Anyway
Trump confirmed on Thursday.
You may have heard that after being canceled, President Donald Trump's North Korea summit plans are back on. The U.S. commander in chief plans to meet face-to-face with Chairman Kim Jong Un in Singapore.
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Trump attended a meeting with Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday, June 7, and, of course, reporters wondered whether Kim's famous bestie, Dennis Rodman, would be in attendance.
The NBA Hall of Famer is one of the few people in the world with ties to both President Trump (having appeared on The Apprentice) and Kim. Over the past few months, Rodman has become a vocal advocate for ending the Korean War and has been making headlines for vowing to lower the tension between the two leaders.
However, Rodman won't be on-hand to ensure things run smoothly at the upcoming summit, according to The Hill.
“I like him. He’s a nice guy. No, he was not invited,” Trump confirmed.
Rodman may not have an official invite, but according to CNN, he's still considering a trip to Singapore. Rodman's agent confirmed he's considering traveling to the city-state to serve in an unofficial, civilian capacity. However, the agent stressed, "no plans or flights have been made yet."
A senior White House official told CNN Rodman isn't involved in any official summit plans, and a State Department official noted, "We have no comment on Dennis Rodman's private travel. He's not a representative of the U.S. government."
Though the summit is high-stakes and everyone has their eyes on it, Trump doesn't seem too rattled.
“I think I'm very well prepared,” Trump told reporters. “I don't think I have to prepare very much. It's about attitude. It's about willingness to get things done.”
The North Korea summit between the two leaders will be held on Tuesday, June 12, beginning at 9 a.m. Singapore time, 9 p.m. Eastern time. The meeting will take place at the luxury resort Capella Hotel on Singapore's Sentosa Island, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders recently announced.