Former NBA star Dennis Rodman says Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un are “the same.”
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,” he 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.
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.
On Monday, Rodman called for a meeting between Trump and Kim, declaring he had three messages to relay from Pyongyang to Washington, D.C. that the dictator, who he affectionately refers to as “the marshal,” gave him on one of this trips in 2013 and 2014.
The 56-year-old Rodman, who refused to reveal the content of the demands—said he kept those “pretty reasonable” requests secret because Kim told him his role as a middle man might put him in danger, according to AFP.
Once Trump became president, The NBA Hall of Famer—who once appeared on the Celebrity Apprentice—saw an opening to follow through on his promises to Kim, but it was very quickly shut.
“I said to him I got three things to say to you,” Rodman told AFP. “After that, he told me to fuck off.”
“Kim is in a position where he probably wants to do a lot of things that are really positive,” Rodman told AFP.
He was hoping to visit North Korea after traveling to Tokyo, Guam, and China, but his plans were blocked by a ban Trump recently enacted on Americans visiting the reclusive country.
Rodman told reporters he is in the process of obtaining a “special pass” to visit North Korea early next year, where he will write a documentary and write a book about his unique relationship with Kim.
The White House did not return a request for comment.