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Tuesday, 5 June 2018

President Trump trolls Eagles as he tackles new NFL national anthem policy


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In this Oct. 8, 2017, file photo, Philadelphia Eagles' Chris Long (56), Malcolm Jenkins (27) and Rodney McLeod (23) gesture during the National Anthem before an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, in Philadelphia. (Matt Rourke / AP)
He scanned the field, didn’t like the play and called an audible.
President Trump defended his decision to abruptly dis-invite the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles from visiting the White House on Tuesday as he kept up his offensive against players who choose to protest during the national anthem.
“Honoring America! NFL, no escaping to Locker Rooms!” Trump tweeted.
Instead of hosting the Eagles at the White House, Trump decided to drop the annual celebration of the Super Bowl winner and stage a “Celebration of America” featuring music provided by U.S. military bands.
“We will proudly be playing the National Anthem and other wonderful music celebrating our Country today at 3 P.M., The White House, with the United States Marine Band and the United States Army Chorus. Honoring America! NFL, no escaping to Locker Rooms!” he wrote Trump.
Tuesday’s ceremony wasn’t listed on the online schedules for the United States Marine Band or Army Band.
Trump said in a statement Monday that some Eagles players “disagree with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our military and the people of our country.”He said the team wanted to send a smaller delegation Tuesday, but “the 1,000 fans planning to attend the event deserve better.”
Fewer than 10 players planned to attend, a team source told the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News. Eagles representatives were in Washington on Monday preparing logistics.
President Donald Trump disinvited the Philadelphia Eagles to the White House late Monday. (Evan Vucci / AP)
Trump has repeatedly railed against NFL players who protested during the national anthem and painted the decision to demonstrate as anti-American and anti-military. He has yet to address the roots of the movement, which began in 2016 when former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began kneeling on the sidelines while the "The Star-Spangled Banner" was played. Kaepernick said he was protesting violence against African-Americans, particularly by the police.
Earlier this offseason, the NFL passed a new rule aimed to eliminate protests during the anthem entirely, but allows players who want to protest during the national anthem to do so in the locker room.The policy requires players to stand for the anthem if they are on the field. Trump praised the policy after the NFL announced it.
His tweets Tuesday indicate he’s less than pleased with the new rule.
We will proudly be playing the National Anthem and other wonderful music celebrating our Country today at 3 P.M., The White House, with the United States Marine Band and the United States Army Chorus. Honoring America! NFL, no escaping to Locker Rooms!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 5, 2018
Wide receiver Torrey Smith, who planned on skipping the visit, called Trump’s decision to dis-invite those who wanted to attend a “cowardly act.”
“So many lies,” he tweeted, adding, “Not many people were going to go.”
Smith, who played with the Eagles last season before being traded to the Carolina Panthers in March, added: “No one refused to go simply because Trump ‘insists’ folks stand for the anthem. ... The President continues to spread the false narrative that players are anti military.
“There are a lot of people on the team that have plenty of different views. The men and women that wanted to go should’ve been able to go. It’s a cowardly act to cancel the celebration because the majority of the people don’t want to see you. To make it about the anthem is foolish,” he added.
The NFL Players Association released a statement on Tuesday, expressing disappointment in Trump’s decision.
“NFL players love their country, support our troops, give back to their communities and strive to make America a better place,” the union said.
In his own tweet on Tuesday, the President listed several championship teams that have come to the White House during his presidency, including the Houston Astros, Pittsburgh Penguins, New England Patriots and college sports teams.
He did not mention the fact that last year championship teams in both the NBA and the NCAA skipped out on stopping by the South Lawn for a photo op. Several of Team USA’s biggest stars also bailed on posing for a photo with the President in April after this year’s Olympic competitions in South Korea.
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