President Donald Trump called the man he told to “start exercising” during the rally on Thursday after discovering he was a supporter.
A White House official said Friday that after Trump’s staff got the rallygoer’s contact information, Trump called him from Air Force One and left a voicemail message.
Frank Dawson, a law enforcement and Navy veteran, was interviewed by Fox News on Thursday night and revealed that he was a supporter of the president, adding that he ripped signs out of the hands of nearby protesters.
“He didn’t see me rip the signs away from those three people that were sitting near us, and they were trying to cause a ruckus,” Dawson told Fox. “It wasn’t going to happen beside me because I’m trying to listen to my president.”
“I think he thought I was part of it, but I wasn’t. I was the good part of it,” Dawson added.
President Trump singled out Dawson during the rally when protesters were being escorted out of the arena.
But during the interview with Fox, Dawson admitted his opinion of the president didn’t change after the incident.
“I love the guy,” Dawson told Fox. “He’s the best thing that ever happened to this country.”