Trump calls off Eagles' White House visit over anthem dispute

MINNEAPOLIS MN- FEBRUARY 04 Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after his teams 41-33 win over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium

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"It's a cowardly act to cancel the celebration because the majority of the people don't want to see you", Torrey Smith, a member of the Super Bowl-winning Eagles team who has since been traded to the Carolina Panthers, said on Twitter on Monday.

The players did not urge a collective decision on what to do as a team, giving each player his own option of whether to take the trip.

The White House is blaming the Philadelphia Eagles for President Donald Trump's decision to cancel a planned White House event celebrating the team's Super Bowl championship.

She says, "In other words, the vast majority of the Eagles team made a decision to abandon their fans", prompting Trump to cancel.

The House campaign aide noted that while there have been no dramatic differences so far between Republican groups such as the National Republican Congressional Committee and the White House during primary season, the likelihood of any potential disagreements will plummet once general elections are underway in the fall and Republican nominees are set in stone. An earlier statement did not directly addressing the cancellation.

"Watching the entire Eagles community come together has been an inspiration", the team statement read.

"I was looking forward to going down".

The event will be replaced by a "celebration of the American flag" for Eagles fans with musical performances by the United States Marine Band and the United States Army Chorus. "Honoring America! NFL, no escaping to Locker Rooms!" he tweeted.

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FILE PHOTO: Recording artist Pink sings the National Anthem before Super Bowl LII between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S., Febuary 4, 2018. Kaepernick's protest was meant to raise awareness around systemic racism and, specifically, the killing of black men by police.

"To clarify, no members of the team knelt in protest during the national anthem throughout the regular or post-season a year ago", said Christopher Wallace, executive producer of the 11 p.m.

Kenney's statement said that the Eagles team "embodies everything that makes our country and our city great" and that the players "represent the diversity of our nation - a nation in which we are free to express our opinions". She referred questions to Trump's legal team. Eagles player Malcolm Jenkins did, however, engage in a raised-fist protest at points during the 2017 season and, at one point, Jenkins was joined by Rodney McLeod and the two men were supported by fellow Eagle Chris Long. He had told aides past year that he was embarrassed when Tom Brady, the star quarterback of that season's champion New England Patriots, opted to skip a White House visit.

Instead, Trump declared a "Celebration of America".

In December, Trump effectively tweeted an endorsement of one of his closest congressional allies - Rep. Ron DeSantis - in Florida's GOP gubernatorial primary despite the party's general policy of staying out of primaries when an incumbent isn't running.

"I think that's good", Trump told "Fox & Friends" in an interview last month.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because of the sensitivity of the issues.

Trump continued: "Massive Tax & Regulation Cuts, Military & Vets, Lower Crime & Illegal Immigration, Stronger Borders, Judgeships, Best Economy & Jobs EVER, and much more". "It's also fear of a president turning his base against a corporation".

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