- The Washington Times - Friday, August 16, 2019

President Trump reportedly reached out Friday to the rallygoer he mistook as a protester and mocked as having a “serious weight problem” during Thursday’s rally in New Hampshire.

A senior administration official told CNN that Mr. Trump called the man, identified by Fox News as Frank Dawson, and left a voicemail while traveling on Air Force One.

During Thursday’s event, Mr. Trump responded to an interruption from protesters by saying, “That guy has a serious weight problem. Go home, start exercising.”

But witnesses quickly noticed that the protesters were on the thin side and that the bigger man of the group, Mr. Dawson, was actually a supporter of the president.

Mr. Dawson later told Fox News that he holds no hard feelings toward the president after the mixup.

“He didn’t see me rip the signs away from those three people that were sitting near us,” he said. “They were trying to cause a ruckus, and they jumped up and they started yelling something. I don’t even care what they were yelling, but it wasn’t going to happen beside me because I’m trying to listen to my president. But I think he thought I was part of it, but I wasn’t, I was the good part of it.

“He said, ‘Hey, that guy needs to lose a little weight!,” he added, laughing. “Everything’s good, I love the guy, he’s the best thing that ever happened to this country.”

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