Fewer than 10 Philadelphia Eagles were set to visit White House

Fewer than 10 Philadelphia Eagles were set to visit White House

Pity the White House staffer now in charge of making sure 1,000 people attend this afternoon's Eagles-free event.

Several players asked about Trump's decision not to host them declined to respond.

"The Philadelphia Eagles are unable to come to the White House with their full team to be celebrated tomorrow".

On Twitter Monday Trump says: "we have accomplished a lot - many believe more than any President in his first 500 days".

Trump did not mention the Eagles. Forty-seven percent said players should be required to stand and 48% said they should be allowed to kneel. But canceling an event because of an anticipated snub is consistent with Trump's you-can't-fire-me-because-I-quit approach. Alluding to the political disaster that unfolded in the Alabama US Senate race previous year after Republicans nominated Roy Moore, Trump said New Yorkers should vote for Donovan because the GOP "can't take any chances on losing to a Nancy Pelosi-controlled Democrat".

Last year, 2017 National Basketball Association champion Golden State were similarly dis-invited from the White House by Trump after Warriors star Stephen Curry said he wouldn't attend.

The team was supposed to meet Trump Tuesday.

What those fans deserved was the ceremony the White House or Trump - I don't know who actually planned it - promised them, not the one the president canceled to advance his own agenda. But late Friday, the team tried to reschedule, proposing a time when Trump would be overseas.

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. Reportedly, fewer than 10 team members planned to attend.

The Super Bowl winning Eagles were set to visit on Tuesday, but in a statement Trump said he canceled the visit because the whole team did not intend to attend.


Barletta attended the White House ceremony sans Eagles, "representing the proud Pennsylvanians who stand for our flag".

"The players didn't create this division (in the country)", Long said. "In other words, the vast majority of the Eagles team chose to abandon their fans".

Eagles tight end Zach Ertz called out Fox News on twitter Tuesday morning. However, Eagles players never knelt during the "Star-Spangled Banner," throughout the 2017 season and their march to the Super Bowl. It is not yet known how many players meant to make the trip.

No current players for the Philadelphia Eagles have been reported to take a knee during the previous season's games.

The mayor was referring to deferments Trump obtained during the Vietnam War for his college education and for bone spurs in his heels.

The first lady tweeted support of Gold Star families following the reception, and included three images from the occasion, two with her seated in the front row. The statement said the United States Marine Band and the United States Army Chorus will be in attendance to "celebrate America".

"Honoring America! NFL, no escaping to Locker Rooms!" he wrote.

That was a challenge to a new National Football League policy meant to quell the controversy surrounding the protests that began in 2016 when San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began silently kneeling on the sidelines during the anthem.

Trump voiced approval for the new policy after it was passed last month, saying in an interview with "Fox & Friends" on May 24, "You have to stand proudly for the national anthem".

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