Donald Trump said on Saturday night that he didn’t believe that Muhammad Ali wrote a press release denouncing Trump’s proposed ban on Muslim immigrants.
“Who knows who released it? I have a feeling he wouldn’t say that to me,” Trump said on Fox News.
After the San Bernardino shooting in December, Trump called for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” This came after Trump said mosques should be under surveillance and that he would consider creating a database for Muslims living in the U.S.
In a statement with the unambiguous title “Presidential Candidates Proposing to Ban Muslim Immigration to the United States,” Ali said “we as Muslims have to stand up to those who use Islam to advance their own personal agenda.”
A poll released in March found 11 percent of Muslim respondents said they supported Trump.
Trump had previously called Ali “my friend." After Ali's death on Friday, Trump tweeted and posted on Instagram tributes to Ali. On Fox News on Saturday, Trump called it "one of my great honors" after receiving the Muhammad Ali Award in 2007.
Of course, ask a couple of people at Trump’s wedding about their friendship.