Trump calls off Philadelphia Eagles White House visit

Heather Diaz
June 10, 2018

And as such, former White House photographer Pete Souza took the opportunity to troll Trump by posting a picture of his former boss, Barack Obama, yucking it up with New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski during their 2015 visit. You have to stand proudly for the national anthem, or you shouldn't be playing, you shouldn't be there.

Last season, some National Football League players took a knee during the anthem to protest police shootings of unarmed black men, sparking a controversy.

The Philadelphia Eagles will not visit the White House on Tuesday after President Donald Trump rescinded the team's invitation, citing several players on the team who planned not to attend.

Trump has feuded with National Football League players over the past year, blasting on-field protests in which players sat or kneeled during the national anthem to protest racial bias in the US criminal justice system amid accusations of excessive use of force against black people by police. "We sincerely apologize for the error". In an interview on Fox business channel, Trump said, "Tweeting is like a typewriter - when I put it out, you put it immediately on your show".

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"Praying before games with my teammates, well before the anthem, is being used for your propaganda?!" "Not one Eagles player knelt for the anthem this yr. Keep carrying his water to sow division while misrepresenting Christian men. Now, it certainly is a fact that some players disagree politically with the president on race, gender issues, on many things", Cooper said.

Hours earlier, The White House said they will be holding a celebration without any members of the team - after most decided not to attend. According to a transcript leaked to the New York Times in April, Lurie said in a closed-door meeting with team owners that "many of us have no interest in supporting President Trump" and called his administration "one disastrous presidency".

"I think winning a Super Bowl, a Stanley Cup, a World Series, an NBA Championship or a National Championship is way bigger than getting invited to the White House - especially with him in there, in my opinion".

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