Nagannou, White offer radically differing impressions of Trump

Friday, January 19, 2018

During a meeting with lawmakers last week in the Oval Office, President Trump grew frustrated during a discussion on protecting immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador, and African countries as part of a bipartisan immigration deal. There were multiple reports that the president at one point asked, “Why are we having all these people from s***hole countries come here?”

When there was no immediate direct denial, the quote was taken as verbatim. It rubbed very many people the wrong way, even raw.

The Statue of Liberty is perhaps the central symbol of the United States. “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,” she says. “The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

For hundreds of years the disadvantaged have come to the United States seeking good fortune, and generations of have found it. Cameroonian-French MMA fighter Francis Ngannou has been training for months at the UFC Performance Institute, and he’s not impressed by the president’s remarks.

“That guy is the shame of America,” said Ngannou to TSN, as transcribed by Damon Martin for MMA Weekly. “America is a country build out of immigration, America is a country of immigration and America is a country the entire world is looking at more like an example. Just like how America is going to try to view their own country and to see someone just break down the reputation of America that those other presidents as Barack Obama, other famous people like Martin Luther King, it’s just a shame.”

UFC president Dana White spoke in Trump’s favor at the Republican national convention and reports he is regular communication with the president. During a recent appearance on Boston Herald Radio, White said that although he doesn’t agree with everything Trump says or does, he’s a “stand-up” guy.

“Since Trump has been the president of the United States this guy has called me 15, 20 times” said White, as transcribed by Jordan Frias for the Boston Herald.

“I’m telling you, he says some crazy things and does some crazy things. He’s one of the most stand-up human beings that I have ever dealt with in the business. Fact.”

“I’m very anti-Hillary and obviously so was the rest of the country. I’m always for whoever the best person is, but I obviously have a very strong relationship with President Trump. He called me to see if I wanted to start bringing UFC champions to the White House. You know, how they do when somebody wins the Super Bowl and stuff like that. I’m going to go before the end of his term. I’m going to go to the White House to have dinner with him.”

“I’m a Trump guy … if you don’t like the way this turned out you should have voted. You lost … you ride out your four years and then you vote again when the elections come up. The way that people have acted and continue to act during this election is disgusting … I don’t fault anybody for who they vote for or criticize anybody for who they voted for.”

“I don’t get into beefs with people because of political beliefs. If you’re a Democrat, if you’re the craziest liberal ever, whatever your deal is, that’s your personal [belief]. That’s one of the great things about being an American.”