Dana White reflects on President Trump's UFC 244 visit

The US president, 73, was met with jeers and insults as he arrived with Donald Jr, 41, and Eric, 35, at the mixed martial arts event on Saturday night in New York's Madison Square Garden. Some attendees booed and chanted "Lock him up!" when Trump was shown on screen at the Washington Nationals Park stadium.

Trump's visit to NY comes just two days after announcing he and his family are switching their permanent residency from NY to Florida, a move that was met with cheers from some of several prominent Democrats in the state.

Both anti-Trump and pro-Trump rallies were held outside the Madison Square Garden arena on Saturday night, as seen in this footage.

Aside from the Madison Square Garden fight, Trump came in September to address the United Nations General Assembly and stayed at Trump Tower.

Lewis went on to win the fight and praised President Trump in his remarks.

"Great fight, champ", he said.

In practice, however, Trump regularly travels between the White House and his properties in New Jersey, New York and Florida, where the first lady, 49, also spends significant time.

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It was the second time in less than a week that Trump was booed at a sporting event.

For Trump, the visit was a welcome break from a House of Representatives impeachment probe of allegations he withheld aid from Ukraine to pressure authorities there to investigate his political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden. "I would never say anything negative about Donald Trump because he was there when other people weren't", the UFC president said.

Trump himself chose to tout the positives, with support from UFC fighter Jorge Masvidal.

The US President was seen clapping and at one point stood up for a better view as 20,000 pumped-up fans screamed and swore amid an electric atmosphere at the pay-per-view spectacle.

"Random UFC 244 note, almost the entire backstage tunnel area is shut down, apparently due to President Trump's presence back there". As President, I will always be there to help NY and the great people of NY. "This is America. you can believe and do whatever you want", he said.

"We'd be having more fun if he wasn't here", Ms Anna Torres, 50, who booed loudly with her boyfriend, said. That's going to be a rough one!

A few days earlier Masvidal told the press that he was humbled by the chance to fight in front of the president.

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