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Twitter credits Dennis Rodman for Donald Trump, Kim Jong-Un’s decision to meet

Former-NBA player Dennis Rodman  (TIMOTHY CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Former-NBA player Dennis Rodman (TIMOTHY CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Donald Trump’s decision to agree to a sit-down meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un took a number of people by surprise. It’s no secret that Trump and Jong-Un have a strained relationship and the announcement they are set to meet in May is an extraordinary overture.

While there is no clarity on what prompted the duo to agree to the meeting, Twittersphere believes Dennis Rodman may have something to do with it.

Check out a few gems from Twitter below:

The North Korean dictator is an ardent fan of the former NBA player, who has visited the country several times in the past. Rodman has even called Jong-un an “awesome guy” and said his father and grandfather were “great leaders.”

“Well done, President Trump. You’re on the way to a historical meeting no U.S. president has ever done,” Rodman said, while asking Trump to send his regards to Kim and his family.

Rodman also opened up about his friendship with Jong-Un back in 2017, telling The Late Show host Stephen Colbert that he doesn’t see the Hermit Kingdom dictator is “probably” a madman. But he does not see Jong-un that way.

“When I went over there [to North Korea], the first thing he said to me was, ‘Mr. Rodman, we just want to know, can we trust you?’ I said, ‘Absolutely.’ And that’s how our conversation started,” Rodman said.

“I don’t really judge people, you know, by their color,” Rodman said. “I don’t judge where they come from. I just judge people where, you know, we’re all human beings. You know, throughout the day, we’re all human beings.”

Rodman added: “It’s funny, though, that I don’t see how people can sit there and say that this person is a ‘madman.’ He probably is, but I didn’t see that. But he probably is.”

Trump announced the meeting with Jong-Un via a tweet on Thursday. “Kim Jong Un talked about denuclearization with the South Korean Representatives, not just a freeze. Also, no missile testing by North Korea during this period of time. Great progress being made but sanctions will remain until an agreement is reached. Meeting being planned!” he wrote.