Trump slams NFL's 'disrespectful' new national anthem policy

Torrey Smith did not intend to go to the White House

Although there was no ceremony involving the Philadelphia Eagles at the White House on Tuesday, the show did go on without them, just as President Trump said it would.

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

Mr. Trump said the team wanted to send a "smaller delegation" of players but fans attending the event "deserve better". NFL players who take a knee during the national anthem to protest police brutality are not patriotic.

Trump also disinvited the Warriors, who won last year's National Basketball Association championship, from the White House celebration in September when he saw star guard Stephen Curry say he would prefer not to attend.

The team has not released a statement in response. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss private conversations.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, among other Philadelphia politicians, lashed out at Trump for disinviting the Eagles and opened their doors to the team. Not many people were going to go 2.

The Trump administration's record with visiting sports teams is a mixed one.

A player knelt and another player raised up his fist while a teammate put his arm around him during the anthem before a preseason game in August, local media reported. Many members of the U.S. Olympic Team that competed earlier this year in South Korea did not attend a White House reception.

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.

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry warms up before practice Tuesday at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. They are "sons of bitches" who perhaps "shouldn't be in the country" - and staying in the locker room during the anthem as the National Football League has proposed, Trump proclaimed, is just as bad.

The Eagles were disinvited from the ceremony amid the national anthem controversy.

Kenney, a Democrat, said of Trump on Tuesday morning on CNN: "When he had the opportunity to serve his country for real, his father got him out of it, and I think it's really disingenuous for him to talk about patriotism in any way shape or form". Or "you shouldn't be playing, you shouldn't be there". The people of our country love you.

The president told one confidant Monday that he aims to revive the issue in the months leading up to the midterm elections, believing its return to the headlines will help Republicans win votes. It is not yet known how many players meant to make the trip.

Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., invited the Eagles to come to Capitol Hill. "But I'm really proud of people in this country who are recognizing what's happening and instead of turning this into a political game, they're just trying to do good deeds because that's what it takes".

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