Rodman said he was "naive when I went over there". Rodman claims friendships with both world leaders, owing in part to his "Celebrity Apprentice" appearances and his rather frequent trips to N. Korea to meet with Kim dating back to 2013.
"I'm not in this for no money". Everyone came at me and I'm still standing.
"I'm here to see it!" Have a handshake, have a smile, have a glass of iced tea. "I just feel like that it (the meeting) nearly didn't happen you know, but I'm glad it did".
"I'm out of it".
He continued, getting increasingly emotional.
Translators will be present for Trump and Kim's one-on-one meeting Tuesday local time (Monday night ET), though experts have speculated that Kim knows English and uses translators to have more time to respond.
Moments after the two leaders shook hands, a tearful Rodman told CNN's Chris Cuomo he received "death threats" and "couldn't go home" after first visiting the rogue regime. "I was sitting up protecting everything", said Rodman. But I kept my head up high because I knew things were going to change.
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"And I tried to do that with Obama". He also said former President Barack Obama never gave him "the time of day" on the subject.
"I think that I brought awareness to a lot of things around the world and I think North Korea has given a lot of people the opportunity to do this conference now and I hope it's a success". Trump also said Rodman was "either drunk or on drugs (delusional)" and was "glad I fired him on Apprentice!"
Rodman talked about "falling in love" with the people and culture of North Korea, and described Kim as "a good friend".
"He was taking selfies and all that", said Rodman of his various meetings with Kim. He wants to come to America.
Security around Kim's hotel remained tight, suggesting the North Korean leader may return after the summit.
He appeared on television wearing a Trump supporters' "Make America Great Again" hat and a tee-shirt from his cryptocurrency sponsor. "It's gotta be something, everyone, is comfortable with".
"We sat down for lunch", Rodman said of a face-to-face meeting with Kim five years ago.
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.