On Tuesday, June 5th, President Trump unexpectedly announced that he was forced to cancel the Super Bowl 52 Champion’s (the Philadelphia Eagles) celebratory visit to the White House. Instead, the President decided to host a celebration honoring military families in its place emphasizing the significance of our national anthem — contrary to the controversy still circulating in the NFL.
Following the announcement, Trump faced a massive amount of backlash from the media, NFL fans, Eagles players, and even the mayor of Philadelphia.
The White House released a statement on Tuesday revealing the real story about what led to Trump disinviting the Eagles. Despite reports accusing Trump of canceling the event over his ego and promoting his agenda, the administration actually attempted to accommodate the Eagles’ proposed adjustments.
In the statement, the White House noted that the Eagles’ initially accepted an invitation from President Trump to attend a celebration in their honor on June 5th. The Secret Service cleared 81 individuals including players, coaches, and other members of their organization, to attend alongside more than 1,000 Eagles fans.
However, the Philadelphia team later attempted to make several changes surrounding the event, which ultimately led to a cancellation.
“Late Friday, citing the fact that many players would not be in attendance, the team contacted the White House again, and attempted to reschedule the event,” the White House Press Secretary said in a statement. “The President, however, had already announced that he would be traveling overseas on the dates the Eagles proposed.”
“The White House, despite sensing a lack of good faith, nonetheless attempted to work with the Eagles over the weekend to change the event format that could accommodate a smaller group of players,” the press secretary continued. “Unfortunately, the Eagles offered to send only a tiny handful of representatives, while making clear that the great majority of players would not attend the event, despite planning to be in D.C. today. In other words,the vast majority of the Eagles team decided to abandon their fans.”
Read the full statement from the White House below:
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