"I believe in North Korea", Rodman said.
Rodman further told CNN that when he went back to Washington, he received death threats.
At one point, Rodman burst into tears talking about the backlash he faced at home in the U.S. for meeting with the North Korean dictator. And when I went home I couldn't even go home. "And Obama did not give me the time of day - he just brushed me off, but that didn't deter me".
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"But I kept my head up high brother because I knew things were going to change".
Rodman told reporters at Changi Airport that he had travelled to Singapore "to see what's going on" and that he hoped "that things turn out to be well for everyone in the world". I never had no one to hear me. Rodman even said he "showed my loyalty and trustworthy to this country" by being present at the historic summit. During that visit, North Korea released USA college student Otto Warmbier, who died shortly after his return. "This guy wants to be around the world, he wants to go to America".
"I think people understand that Kim Jong Un is not a dumb man", said Rodman. Rodman has met Kim a number of times and has also appeared on Celebrity Apprentice, Trump's former reality show, where the athlete misspelled Melania Trump's name as "Milania" and was "fired".
"It's a great day".
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However, he said, every time he has met Mr Kim, it has been a surprise, so maybe he would be surprised again on Tuesday.
His earlier visits to North Korea included a basketball game he organized, an event chronicled in the documentary film "Big Bang in Pyongyang", which featured Rodman singing "Happy Birthday" to Kim, as well as scenes of inebriated and erratic behavior by the basketball Hall of Famer.
Instead, Rodman says he'll continue to play the role he's played for the last five years, which is trying to "keep peace with sports".
"I think that country is normally hearing people who are always lying, deceitful and not trustworthy".
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Kim is due to leave on Tuesday afternoon, a source involved in the planning of his visit has said. They will meet for a very short time, just the two of them and their translators.
While Rodman was hopeful and grateful for the summit, he pointed out correctly that it's just the start of what will be a long process. "I told everybody that "the door will open", he recalled.