“And there were moments where it looked pretty dangerous,” Trump said. “I don’t think they had a choice.”
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The presidential candidate was asked about the incident during a press conference about money he said he raised for veterans. Trump spoke for about a minute about the gorilla.
“It’s too bad there wasn’t another way,” he said. “I thought it was so beautiful to watch that powerful, almost 500 pound gorilla, the way he dealt with that little boy.”
The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden confirmed it will move ahead with expansion of its gorilla exhibit despite the incident.
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