Former basketball star Dennis Rodman says President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un are “the same,” adding that the rogue dictator is a “21st century guy” who has entered a nuclear faceoff with a former reality television star for amusement.
The NBA Hall of Famer — whom Kim calls a “friend for life” — told French news service AFP that the two heads of state “are pretty much the same people” in an interview in Beijing on Tuesday.
“They love control,” Rodman said, adding that their threats of nuclear war are for “entertainment.”
“Ain’t nobody got no finger on the button,” the ex-Chicago Bulls player said.
The declaration comes as Kim has ramped up his country’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile development programs. In recent months, the leader has overseen a test launch of the first North Korean missile capable of reaching the United States, and a powerful hydrogen bomb test.
Still, Rodman, whose on count nickname was The Worm, has traveled to North Korea five times and styled himself as a citizen diplomat who can “alleviate some pressures as far as communication” between the United States and North Korea.
Last modified: December 12, 2017