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08 June 2018, 08:22 | Regina Holmes
Players from the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles clash during the February 4 game which was won by the Eagles
On Monday night, Trump tweeted that after being invited to the White House, "only a small number of players chose to come and we canceled the event".
Fuming over the risk of a low Eagles' turnout, Trump late Monday announced the usual Super Bowl celebration was off.
Besides the fact that none of the Eagles had taken a knee during the anthem in 2017, defensive end Chris Long said the National Football League anthem policy change and Trump's reaction to it were not even discussed by the players in meetings about making the visit. The policy also gives players the option to stay in their locker rooms during the anthem.
In the wake of Trump's announcement, where he said he would still hold a ceremony at the White House that will "loudly and proudly" play the national anthem, several of his supporters have pointed to photos of former Eagles player Ron Brooks kneeling during the anthem, as proof the Eagles aren't deserving of a White House honor.
One senior White House official said the political team is applying three broad questions to each incumbent Republican who seeks Trump's support: whether the candidate backed Trump after the IN primary, whether the candidate got on board with Trump's candidacy after the GOP convention and whether the candidate was supportive of Trump after he won the 2016 election.
In a video posted to Twitter by a correspondent for SVT, the Swedish national public TV broadcaster, a man, wearing a light blue button down, can be seen kneeling as the national anthem played, before clapping and ultimately coming to his feet after the song finished. "I will be there at 3:00 p.m. with the United States Marine Band and the United States Army Chorus to celebrate America".
White House legislative director Marc Short told CNN he didn't know who had canceled on whom, but said, "It's unfortunate when politics gets in the middle of this".
The city's mayor, Democrat Jim Kenney, responded to Trump's remarks with pointed words of his own, saying "I'm proud of the Eagles on & off the field. Honoring America! NFL, no escaping to Locker Rooms!" he tweeted. "The President continues to spread the false narrative that players are anti military". No member of the Eagles kneeled during the national anthem before a regular season game.
James called the decision by Trump "typical of him".
Coach Doug Pederson said before practice that he was looking forward to going to the White House to be recognized as Super Bowl champions but he wouldn't further discuss details of the trip's breakdown.
The White House Super Bowl ceremony would have been the first since the league toughened rules on standing for the national anthem before games.
Curry said the team has been on the same page after his comments past year and Trump's subsequent revoking of the Warriors' invitation.
Within minutes of when the White House announced their rescinding of the Eagles invitation to the White House Rep. Brendan Boyle tweeted "The @Eagles are still welcome to visit the US Capitol".
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