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Dana White weighs in on Francis Ngannou calling Donald Trump 'the shame of America'


UFC President Dana White and heavyweight title contender Francis Ngannou might agree on a lot of things related to fighting but probably not so much on politics, specifically President Donald Trump.

According to reports last week, Trump grew frustrated with lawmakers in the Oval Office and derided protection for immigrants from “shithole countries,” referencing El Salvador, Haiti and African nations.

Ngannou, who competes for the heavyweight title vs. Stipe Miocic at UFC 220, was asked this week about those remarks. And in response, Ngannou called Trump “the shame of America.”

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White, of course, couldn’t feel more differently. On the same day Ngannou made those remarks about the President, White insisted Trump is “a stand-up” guy, even if he “says some crazy things and does some crazy things.”

White isn’t surprised by Ngannou’s feelings on Trump.

“I’m not even a political guy. I don’t go near politics in any way, shape or form,” White told TSN on Friday. “But obviously the relationship with Trump and I makes it different. And the beautiful thing about this country is anyone can have an opinion. And, yes, I would expect Francis’ opinion to be negative, and a lot of other people’s. Not everybody – it doesn’t matter who the president is – agrees with everything, including me.”

White has been friends with Trump for many years, and at the 2016 Republican National Convention the UFC boss gave an impassioned speech on Trump’s behalf.

UFC 220 takes place Saturday at TD Garden in Boston and airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, with Miocic (17-2 MMA, 11-2 UFC) vs. Ngannou (11-1 MMA, 6-0 UFC) serving as the main event.

For more on UFC 220, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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