President Donald Trump kicked off his summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Wednesday in Hanoi, Vietnam, the second summit between the two leaders during his time in the White House.
While he won’t be there in person, NBA Hall of Famer and “Ambassador of Goodwill to North Korea” Dennis Rodman wished both Trump and Kim the “best of luck” in a letter he posted to social media on Wednesday.
“My continued friendship with Chairman Kim remains strong — a friendship I encourage you to continue to use for our nation’s benefit,” Rodman wrote. “While I will not be able to attend the Hanoi events, I plan on following up with you, your team, and my friend, Chairman Kim.
“You are on the cusp of a big, beautiful deal. One that would make you the front runner for a Nobel Peace Prize without question. You have my forever and forever support!”
It’s not clear if Rodman was invited to the event this time, though he was at the first summit between Trump and Kim in Singapore in 2018 in an unofficial capacity. He also cried while wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat during an emotional interview with CNN at the Singapore summit.
Rodman struck up the unlikely friendship with Kim after his first trip to North Korea in 2013 while filming the Vice documentary “Basketball Diplomacy.” The two have met multiple times since, and Rodman has called Kim his “friend for life.”
The former Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls star — who played in the NBA from 1986-2000 — has maintained a solid relationship with Trump, too, starting with his time on “The Celebrity Apprentice” in 2009. Before the first summit, Rodman said he received a call from the White House and was told that Trump was “so proud” of him and thanks him a lot.
“Mr. President and Chairman Kim, I wish you nothing but the best of luck on this second historic summit … God Bless,” Rodman wrote. “Friends always!”
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