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Larry King Says ‘I Don’t Know This Donald Trump’

Former CNN host Larry King told a TMZ reporter Wednesday that he was saddened by how the White House changed President Donald Trump, a man he’s known for 35 years.

“I know you 35 years, I don’t know this Donald Trump,” the legendary television host said in an impromptu street interview.

“The Donald Trump I know is much more liberal, much more moderate,” King said. “I didn’t know if he was a Democrat or a Republican.”

“I don’t know this Donald Trump. I’m very, very sad,” King said as he shook his head.

King celebrated his 60th anniversary in broadcasting in May. He currently hosts Larry King Now on Ora TV, Hulu and RT.

King’s comments came after controversy surrounding Trump’s reaction to the violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend. A woman, Heather Heyer, was killed Saturday when a car crashed into demonstrators counter-protesting the white supremacist rally.

Trump condemned white supremacists, neo-Nazis and the KKK by name in a statement Monday, but he also placed blame on the “very violent” counter-protesters in statements Saturday and Tuesday.

“You had a group on one side that was bad, and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent,” Trump said Tuesday. “Nobody wants to say that. But I’ll say it right now.”

King’s comments Wednesday about the president are a radical departure from his previous statements about his longtime friendship with Trump.

King spoke of his friendship with Trump in a June 2016 interview on CNBC’s Squack Box.

“I had him on (TV) countless times. I’ve dined with him. I’ve socialized with him,” he said about Trump.

While King ended up supporting Trump’s Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, he said at the time it was nothing personal.

“When I’m down to the two, I would tell Donald, ‘Donald, I love you. You’re a great friend. But I can’t buy some of the things (you’ve said),’” King said.

King told Fortune in an April 2017 interview that he still likes Trump on a personal level, despite policy differences.

“I’ve always liked him personally,” King said. “I’ve read some terrible things that I’m sad about, but he’s never done anything bad to me.”

But King’s attitude toward his longtime friendship with Trump seems to have changed in the aftermath of the Charlottesville bloodshed.

TMZ wrote that King seemed “genuinely depressed” when describing his thoughts about the president.