Rodman became particularly emotional while discussing the reactions he got to his first visit to North Korea. He told CNN's Chris Cuomo that he attempted to open a dialogue between Kim and then-President Barack Obama, but that "Obama didn't even give me the time of day."
“I got so many death threats,” he said. “But I kept my head high, brother. I knew things were going to change. I was the only one.”
Rodman traveled to Singapore ahead of Tuesday's summit, though Trump said last week that he had not been invited in an official capacity, according to The Hill.
Trump and Kim committed to working toward the “complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula” after Tuesday’s meetings, which marked the first between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader.
The president hailed the meeting as a success, although critics worried that his decision to meet with Kim provided the autocrat with legitimacy. Kim has been accused of ordering the assassination of his half brother, executing his uncle and presiding over a gulag estimated to hold 80,000 to 120,000 political prisoners, according to The Associated Press.
Critics also questioned the president’s decision to end the United States’ “war games,” or joint military exercises, with South Korea as negotiations with North Korea continue. It was not immediately clear whether South Korean officials were aware of Trump’s decision before Tuesday’s announcement.