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Dennis Rodman Defends Kim Jong-Un During Interview with George Stephanopoulos (Video)

| by Alex Groberman

Respected American ambassador Dennis Rodman returned from his much-discussed North Korean trip with a clear message to President Barack Obama: call Kim Jong-un.

Rodman, 51, caused something of a stir this past week when he became the first prominent American on record to sit down with North Korea’s nuke-loving, war-threatening, slightly insane leader. While most of the world seems to have trouble getting on the same page with Kim Jong-un, he and the greatest rebounder in basketball history had very little difficulty finding a common language.

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Rodman, for his part, thinks that’s the key to ongoing peace: finding a common language.

"He loves basketball. ... I said Obama loves basketball. Let's start there…" he said on ABC's ‘This Week.’

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Rodman also weighed in on how he balances the fact that his new best friend is a little psychotic with the hospitality that he showed him during this week’s trip: “I didn't look at all that right there. I understand what he's doing. I don't condone that. I hate the fact that he's doing that but the fact is that, you know what, that's a human being, though. He let his guards, he did one day to me, made a friend. I didn't talk about that. I understand now. I understand that.”

When pressed on if he truly believed that Kim Jong-un was a great leader, Rodman doubled down on his previous statements.

“What I saw in that country, I saw in that country and I saw people respect him and his family and that's what I mean about that,” he said.

On that whole little ‘prison camps’ thing North Korea is known for:

“Well, you know, guess what, it's amazing how we do the same thing here,” Rodman said.

After it was pointed out to him that, you know, America doesn’t actually have prison camps, the NBA Hall of Famer didn’t seem particularly deterred.

“We don't have prison camps, guess what, this is all politics, right? This is all politics, right? And the one thing, he don't want to do that. He don't want to do that. But you know what, it's more like it -- I'm not like a diplomat, I don't want to do that.”

Rodman concluded the interview in true Dennis Rodman fashion: “Guess what, guess what, don't hate me, don't hate me, guess what, don't hate me, guess what, don't hate me.”

Check out the entire interview in the video below.

(ABC)