Trump draws parallels between Patriots and his White House win

Candice Alexander
April 21, 2017

The Super Bowl champions are visiting the White House to accept congratulations from President Donald Trump for another National Football League title. "I wish I could say it's complicated, but no, this one is pretty straightforward: I'm an idiot", the statement read. But, according to the team, the picture from this year is misleading. The star has cited a "personal family matter' as the reason he's not attending the White House ceremony". But Brady also declined to attend 2015. Tom has previously called Trump a "good friend," but was recently publicly scrutinized for showing support for the 70-year-old in the 2016 election.

Is there beef between Donald Trump and Tom Brady after the former didn't show up to the Patriots' meeting at the White House on April 19?!

Trump regularly mentioned Brady during the presidential campaign, even telling reporters from The Washington Post in March 2016 that Brady "loves me". "In 2017, they were seated on the South Lawn", the team's official account tweeted.

Several Patriots players had said beforehand that they would not show for political reasons. Patriots safety Devin McCourty, defensive tackle Alan Branch and linebacker Dont'a Hightower all skipped the trip on Wednesday, as did free agent running back LeGarrette Blount.

It's a tradition for the Super Bowl champions to visit the White House. "I think I've got this", Spicer replied, "But thank you".

Though numerous Super Bowl champions also skipped the White House visit in past years (including Brady, who was not in attendance in 2015), the Patriots' earlier connections to Trump meant particular scrutiny this time around.

Their remarks on Wednesday were limited to the ceremony, in which Kraft said, "It's a distinct honor for us to celebrate what was unequivocally our sweetest championship with a very good friend and somebody whose mental toughness and strength I greatly admire".

And there was no media availability for any players or the Patriots owner at the end of the event, as Trump appeared to have tried to do the direct opposite of what Obama did. You're going to the White House (two months from now and after you visit Disney)! "With the president having so many strong opinions and prejudices, I believe certain people might feel accepted there while others won't".

Also not addressed in the ceremony was the morning news of former Patriots player Aaron Hernandez's suicide.

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