Johnny Damon: Trump ‘not there to be your friend’
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Former baseball star Johnny Damon says President TrumpDonald John TrumpButtigieg surges ahead of Iowa caucuses Biden leads among Latino Democrats in Texas, California Kavanaugh hailed by conservative gathering in first public speech since confirmation MORE is "not there to be your friend," but that he's "doing a great job" in the White House. 

The ex-Yankees outfielder told TMZ that, while Trump has delivered on his promises in office, "unfortunately, there's a lot of people who can't see it."


Damon, an early supporter of Trump's presidential campaign, brushed aside recent criticism on Twitter over his appointment to the president's Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition this week. 

"Sometimes he says things that people don't agree with, but he's not there to be your friend, he's there to run our country," he said. 

Damon attended the White House's Sports and Fitness Day event on Wednesday along with fellow MLB star Mariano Rivera and Olympian volleyball player Misty May-Traenor, among others. 

A former contestant on Trump's past reality TV show "Celebrity Apprentice," Damon has said the president is "a good friend." 

Asked by TMZ for a specific reason for his support of Trump, Damon replied, "Well, do you like having more money in your pockets?"