James mentioned, nevertheless, that the scale of the Patriots’ full delegation for every journey to the White Home has been roughly the identical. Some photographs of the ceremonies embrace help workers, he mentioned, making the turnout seem larger. That, he mentioned, was the case in 2015.
The White Home didn’t instantly reply to an e mail inquiring about Wednesday’s turnout.
Quarterback Tom Brady was amongst those that didn’t attend Wednesday’s ceremony, citing household issues. Trump didn’t point out Brady, the Tremendous Bowl’s most dear participant,throughout the ceremony. Brady had been noticed in 2015 with one in every of Trump’s “Make America Nice Once more” hats in his locker.
The go to to the White Home got here the identical day former Patriot, Aaron Hernandez, hanged himself in jail, the place he was serving a life sentence for homicide.
Through the ceremony, Trump heaped reward on the Patriots — “No workforce has been this good for this lengthy.” He additionally couldn’t resist making allusions to his marketing campaign.
“Along with your backs towards the wall, and the pundits — good previous pundits, boy, they’re mistaken rather a lot, aren’t they? — saying you couldn’t do it, the sport was over, you pulled off the best Tremendous Bowl comeback of all time.”
Trump additionally thanked Coach Invoice Belichick for writing a letter earlier than the election praising him.
“Whether or not you’re making an attempt to win a…