Trump had looked out in the crowd at the Thursday night rally
and saw Frank Dawson shaking his fist as protesters were being
led out. Dawson was wearing a "Trump 2020" shirt but the
president thought he was one of the protesters.
“That guy’s got a serious weight problem. Go home. Start
exercising. Get him out of here, please," Trump said.
Then Trump, who his last physical examination showed he had
gained weight, added that the man has "got a bigger problem than
Afterward Trump found out Dawson was a supporter and placed a
call to him from Air Force One on his flight from Manchester
back to New Jersey, where he is on a working vacation at his
Bedminster golf club.
A senior administration official said Trump could not reach
Dawson but left a voicemail. He did not apologize but instead
"thanked him for his support," the official said.
Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends" show contacted Dawson, who
said he was not upset by Trump's comment about his weight.
"I think he thought I was part of it (the protest) but I wasn’t.
I was the good part of it," he said. "Everything’s good. I love
the guy. He’s the best thing that ever happened to this
The Boston Globe said Dawson was a retired U.S. marshal from
Trump has a penchant for flinging insults at his political
opponents, a tendency that has not cost him support among his
die-hard backers but does not help him with middle-of-the-road
voters, who tell pollsters they wish he would tone it down.
(Reporting By Steve Holland; Editing by Bill Trott)
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