Dennis Rodman, Wearing MAGA Hat, Cries Over Trump’s Meeting With Kim Jong Un in North Korea (VIDEO)

Though President Donald Trump’s meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is certainly a historic moment on its own, Dennis Rodman somehow managed to steal the spotlight away from the Trump-Kim meeting during his appearance on CNN Monday night (Jun. 11).

The NBA legend and longtime friend of Kim Jong Un, who has paid several visits to North Korea over the years, was on hand in Singapore to support Donny and Kim’s face-to-face meeting, and he turned into a big ole ball of emotions during a bizarre live interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo.

Wearing a red “Make America Great Again” hat, sunglasses, a t-shirt promoting a marijuana-related cryptocurrency company called Pot Coin (who sponsored his trip to Singapore), and his trademark face rings, of course, Dennis broke down in tears while discussing all it took to get to this moment.

The crocodile tears began to flow when Rodman recalled America’s reaction to his first visit to North Korea in 2013:

“When I went back home, I got so many death threats. When I came home, I couldn’t even go home. I had to hide out for 30 days. But I kept my head up high, brother. I knew things were going to change.”

He slammed former President Barack Obama for not taking his BFF Kim Jong Un seriously when he was in office.

Rodman said that Kim had told him “certain” things to relay to Obama about potential negotiations between the U.S. and North Korea, but Obama “didn’t even give me the time of day—he just brushed me off, but that didn’t deter me.”

Rodman also offered Trump some advice about how to gain the North Korean leader’s trust:

“President Trump should understand the fact that the reason the Marshal of North Korea [Kim Jong Un] respects Dennis Rodman is the fact that he trusts me, and I gave him something for his birthday—and I thought I couldn’t pull this off—and I said the day before his birthday, I’m gonna give you a present.”

That present Rodman promised Kim Jong Un was to bring a professional basketball team to North Korea “even though I knew I couldn’t do it,” he said, adding that he quickly realized he needed to come through with his promise, otherwise there would be a “problem.”

After helping train North Korean basketball players and arranging to bring former NBA players to the country, Rodman said Kim told him, “Dennis, you know, this is the first time someone ever kept their word to me in this country.”

Rodman said the moment was emotional and he encouraged Trump to show his “heart” to Kim, who Rodman described as a “big kid” who just wants to have “fun.”

Dennis added, “If Trump can pull this off, more power to him.” The basketball star claimed that Trump reached out to him prior to the summit through a secretary to tell him how “very proud” of him he was. “We don’t need a miracle, but we need the doors to be open so we can start fresh,” Rodman said of the historic meeting between Trump and Kim Jong Un.

“I just wanna bring sports to North Korea,” Rodman said. “That’s it, sports. … I’m just so happy to be here, man,” he added, calling Monday, June 11th “the world’s day.”

“Donald Trump should take a lot of credit for this. He went out the box and made this happen,” Rodman said.

Wach Dennis Rodman’s full 16-minute interview with CNN here:

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Jamaican Lottery Winner Wears Emoji Mask to Collect Million-Dollar Check

A Jamaican lottery winner went all out to make sure no distant cousins bothered her as she collected her multi-million dollar check. In what has become a viral moment, the lottery winner showed up wearing an emoji mask.

Identified only as N. Gray, the woman received her $1 million (USD) giant check from Supreme Ventures Limited on June 5th at the Spanish Court Hotel in St. Andrew, Jamaica. She wore the yellow wink-face emoji mask for privacy and out of fear she might be robbed.

Jamaican lottery winners often wear disguises due to high crime rates. Simone Clarke-Cooper, assistant vice-president of Group Corporate Communications at Supreme Ventures Limited explained:

“Unfortunately, Jamaica is not like other markets. In other markets, they don’t necessarily do it, but here I think they opt to do it to keep themselves safe. We are not going to tell them not to do that because their safety is of paramount importance to us as well.”

Gray won the regional Super Lotto jackpot drawing on May 8th. She won $180 million in Jamaican dollars, which is the equivalent of $1 million USD. Gray plans to treat herself with the winnings, but also wants to help the youth in her community.

“I am elated, because I was drowning in debt. I started buying Super Lotto in January… Now [that] I’ve won, I want to clear my debt, invest and I want to do some traveling. I would like to construct a community center for the youths in my community, so they can engage in something productive; somewhere where they can do information technology.”

USA lotto winners have also begun to urge courts to allow them to conceal their identities as they collect their large payouts. A winner of a $560 million drawing recently brought the issue to court in February, and a judge ruled that she would be able to keep her identity a secret when she collected her earnings.

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President Trump Cancels Meeting With North Korea Leader Kim Jong Un Due to “Open Hostility”

President Donald Trump will not be meeting with Kim Jong Un in June, according to a letter addressed to North Korea’s Supreme Leader from the president. The letter was released by The White House Thursday morning (May 24).

The meeting, which was scheduled for June 12th in Singapore, would have been a historic diplomatic summit between the United States and North Korea, who haven’t been on good terms over the years. In fact, that meeting would have been the first EVER face-to-face meeting between a U.S. and North Korean leader.

However, Trump says that he feels that it would be “inappropriate” to have this “long-planned meeting” due to the “tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement.”

The most “most recent statement” Trump is referring to came from North Korean’s vice minister of foreign affairs, Choe Son Hui, who called Vice President Mike Wednesday a “political dummy” on Wednesday.

“You talk about nuclear capabilities, but ours are so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used,” President Trump said in his letter.

Pyongyang had threatened to pull out of next month’s summit with the U.S., citing the “unbridled and impudent remarks” of “political dummy” Mike Pence, who said that North Korea might end up “like Libya” if Kim Jong Un “doesn’t make a deal.” Pence’s statement was a clear reference to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, who was beaten and killed after being chased down by rebel soldiers in 2011—eight years following his decision to denuclearize after negotiations with the U.S.

Choe said that North Korea has no interest in meeting the same “tragic fate” as Libya. “As a person involved in the U.S. affairs, I cannot suppress my surprise at such ignorant and stupid remarks gushing out from the mouth of the U.S. vice president,” Choe said, according to a translation from Wall Street Journal reporter Jonathan Cheng.

“In case the U.S. offends against our goodwill and clings to unlawful and outrageous acts, I will put forward a suggestion to our supreme leadership for reconsidering the [Kim-Trump] summit,” Choe added, saying that it was up to the U.S. to decide whether it wanted ot negotiate in a “meeting room or encounter us [in a] unclear-to-nuclear showdown.”

Read Choe’s full statement below:

But it looks like Trump beat North Korea to the punch by canceling the meeting himself. Read his full letter to North Korea below:

We greatly appreciate your time, patience, and effort with respect to our recent negotiations and discussions relative to a summit long sought by both parties, which was scheduled to take place on June 12 in Singapore. We were informed that the meeting was requested by North Korea, but that to us is totally irrelevant. I was very much looking forward to being there with you. Sadly, based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement, I feel it is inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting. Therefore, please let this letter serve to represent that the Singapore summit, for the good of both parties, but to the detriment of the world, will not take place. You talk about nuclear capabilities, but ours are so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used.

I felt a wonderful dialogue was building up between you and me, and ultimately, it is only that dialogue that matters. Some day, I look very much forward to meeting you. In the meantime, I want to thank you for the release of the hostages who are now home with their families. That was a beautiful gesture and was very much appreciated.

If you change your mind having to do with this most important summit, please do not hesitate to call me or write. The world, and North Korea in particular, has lost a great opportunity for lasting peace and great prosperity and wealth. This missed opportunity is a truly sad moment in history.

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Man Climbs Building in Paris to Save Child Dangling From Balcony in Stunning Display of Heroism

A 22-year-old man is being hailed as a hero after he climbed the outside of a building in Paris, France this past Saturday (May 26) to save a 4-year-old who was dangling from a balcony.

Amateur video footage shows 22-year-old Mamadou Gassama being cheered on by spectators as he, in a stunning display of heroism, pulled himself up from balcony-to-balcony to the building’s fourth floor, where the child was dangerously hanging. And it only took him 30 seconds!

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The video has since gone viral across all social media platforms, including Twitter, where one video has more than 7 million views, nearly 5,000 retweets, and over 10,000 likes. Another version of the video uploaded to Facebook has 12M views, 286K shares and 62K reactions.

Since his heroic feat, Gassama has been given the nickname “Spiderman” and met with French President Emmanuel Macron, who said Gassama—a Malian immigrant—would be granted citizenship to the country.

Gassama said he was just walking by when he saw a crowd gathered in front of the building. Without thinking, he quickly sprung into action in an effort to save the child. Gassama told President Macron, “I just didn’t have time to think, I ran across the road to go and save him. I just climbed up and thank God, God helped me. The more I climbed the more I had the courage to climb up higher, that’s it.”

He said that the boy was crying when he pulled him to safety and had also suffered an injured foot, which is a blessing considering the alternative. By the time firefighters arrived at the scene, they found out the child had already been rescued. “Luckily, there was someone who was physically fit and who had the courage to go and get the child,” a spokesperson said.

According to local authorities, the boy’s parents weren’t at home at the time, and the father has been questioned by police on suspicion of leaving his child unattended. Officials believe the mother was not in Paris at the time of the incident.

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo was among many who praised the 22-year-old’s brave act, calling him an “example for all citizens.” She also called him as the “Spiderman of the 18th,” referring to the district where the rescue took place.

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Malian “Spiderman” Climbs Building to Save Child Dangling From Balcony

3Mamoudou Gassama said he “didn’t have time to think” when he sprung into action to save the child dangling from the fourth-story balcony of a building.

Mamoudou Gassama said he was just walking by the apartment building when he noticed a crowd gathered in front, and without thinking, he quickly sprung into action in an effort to save the child, completely disregarding his own safety.

Gassama told French President Emmanuel Macron, “I just didn’t have time to think, I ran across the road to go and save him. I just climbed up and thank God, God helped me. The more I climbed the more I had the courage to climb up higher, that’s it.”

By the time firefighters arrived at the scene, they found out the child had already been rescued. If it weren’t for Gassama, the child would have likely fallen and met a tragic fate. “Luckily, there was someone who was physically fit and who had the courage to go and get the child,” a spokesperson for the fire department said.

Video footage of the rescue shows Gassama pulling himself up from balcony-to-balcony with his bare hands as a man on the fourth floor desperately tries to hold on to the child by leaning across from a neighboring balcony. One witness told Le Parisien, “There is a fence and a gap between them… The neighbor could not afford to lean back to get the child himself.”

After reaching the fourth floor, Gassama hiked his leg over the balcony before reaching out with his right arm and grabbing the child. After all was said and done, the only injury the boy suffered was a torn toenail, while Gassama only suffered a few scratches.

“I saw all these people shouting, and cars sounding their horns. I climbed up like that and, thank God, I saved the child,” Gassamt told French reporters. “I felt afraid when I saved the child… (when) we went into the living room, I started to shake, I could hardly stand up, I had to sit down.”

Asked why he took such a huge risk to save the boy, Gassama told French newspaper Le Parisien (according to a translation from the Daily Mail), “I did it because it’s a child.”

Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo praised the young migrant on Twitter for his “act of bravery.” She also reportedly called him personally to “thank him warmly.”

Mayor Hidalgo said, “He explained to me that he had arrived from Mali a few months ago dreaming of building his life here. I told him that his heroic act is an example to all citizens and that the city of Paris will obviously be very keen to support him in his efforts to settle in France.”

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