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Report: Don King Still Advises President Trump

According to an interview published in Politico Magazine on Friday, the famous boxing promoter Don King is still advising his old friend, President Donald Trump. “I call my connection to him, if I want to get a meeting or whatever it is,” King, who was a celebrity campaign-trail surrogate for Trump last year, said. “But I can talk to him every day through his assistant. And if it’s something that’s got to be of urgency, I can get him.”

King—who says he can “be like a Tillerson without the portfolio because I’ve been around the world”—told the magazine that Trump “wanted to get my estimation of what’s going on [and] he said, ‘What you think about me firing [National Security Adviser Michael] Flynn?’ I said, ‘With all due respect, Mr. President, Flynn fired himself.’ ... Trump’s loyal to a fault.”

One White House official confirmed to The Daily Beast that King and Trump still keep in touch and remain “close friends” with “deep respect and admiration” for one another. A former Trump campaign official noted that King is “one of [Trump’s] favorite people” who Trump “loved talking about” during the 2016 campaign.

Asawin Suebsaeng