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Video: President Donald Trump congratulates Dana White for ‘important’ UFC 249 event amid pandemic

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President Donald Trump gave a special shout out to Dana White ahead of UFC 249’s broadcast.

After nearly two months of absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the UFC is back up and running with UFC 249. And ahead of the ESPN broadcast of the preliminary fights of the night, US president Donald Trump sent a special congratulatory message of the entire organization and Dana White.

“I want to congratulate Dana White and the UFC,” Trump said in a short clip. “They’re going to have a big match. We love it, we think it’s important. Get the sports leagues back, let’s play.

“You do the social distancing and whatever else you have to do. But we need sports, we want our sports back. And congratulations to Dana White, UFC.”

In April, Trump included the UFC president, along with other sports league commissioners and team owners into a task force to help restart the US economy. For him, a good way to do so is by bringing back sports events, which he hopes to do happen by late summer or early fall.