- Dana White spoke about the FBI’s raid on Donald Trump’s property at a UFC conference on Tuesday.
- The UFC boss is a friend of the former president’s and donated $1 million to a pro-Trump super PAC.
- He called the search “madness” and added that 10 other houses “should’ve been raided before his.”
LAS VEGAS — UFC President Dana White described the FBI’s raid on Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property Monday as “madness” when talking to Insider and other reporters this week.
The US Justice Department hasn’t said what the FBI search of Mar-a-Lago was related to, though three sources told CNN it was because of documents the former president may have improperly taken there.
The National Archives asked the DOJ to investigate whether or not Trump broke the law by taking government records from the White House to his Florida residence, the Washington Post reported in February.
White is friends with Trump and even spoke at various Republican National Conventions in support of the former president.
“Trump’s been very pro-business,” White said in recent years, praising the 76-year-old for the way in which he helped usher sports back after the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020.
“I was part of a task force and literally every major sport in the United States was a part of it, and he did a great job with that,” White said at the time. “He was instrumental in helping all of us come back, and was very supportive.”
White has donated to several Democrat and Republican lawmakers, as well as the Republican National Committee, over the years, campaign finance records from OpenSecrets show.
The UFC boss gave $1 million to the pro-Trump super PAC America First Action in 2019.
White said he’ll ‘probably call’ Trump ‘in the next couple days’
Speaking at a post-event press conference Insider attended in Las Vegas on Tuesday, White said, “the whole world is crazy right now” when talking about the FBI search.
White told reporters after filming the latest episode of the Contender Series that he hasn’t yet talked to Trump about the incident but will “probably call him in the next couple days.”
He said: “I didn’t want to call him … he has better fucking things to do than for me to call and say, ‘Hey, what’s going on over there?’ But I will talk to him in the next couple days.”
White’s comments follow prominent MMA fighters Jorge Masvidal and Jake Shields denouncing the FBI raid and echoing right-wing talking points to defend Trump. Trump has long enjoyed support from many fighters and their fans.
The director of the FBI, Chris Wray, likely greenlit the bureau’s search. Then-President Trump appointed Wray to the job in 2017.
A federal judge would have had to sign off on the search warrant, and be convinced by enough probable cause showing a crime may have occurred that the FBI could conduct a search, legal experts told Insider.
‘There’s 10 other people’s houses’ that should be raided before Trump’s, according to White
A reporter on Tuesday asked White for his thoughts on Trump’s allies likening the modern US to a banana republic.
“It’s interesting, man,” said the UFC boss. “I don’t even know what to say or what to think about any of that stuff.”
Other democracies and close US allies, including France and Israel, have also prosecuted and convicted ex-leaders for wrongdoing.
White added: “I can think of about — without getting political right now — there’s 10 other people’s houses that probably should have been raided before his that haven’t happened.”
He did not list the 10 houses he thought should have been raided ahead of Trump’s.
“It will be interesting to see how this plays out,” he finished.