Trump congratulates Patriots on Super Bowl win

Trump congratulates Patriots on Super Bowl win

Among the athletes not in attendance was quarterback Tom Brady, who announced Wednesday morning that he would be absent for "family matters". "I think I've got this", Spicer replied, "But thank you". Hopefully, if we accomplish the goal of winning a championship in the future years, we will back on the South Lawn again soon.

But Brady's absence is particularly notable given the close relationship he has with Trump.

Although daily briefings with White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer occasionally end in fireworks, the Naval Reserve officer has earned a reputation for thinking on his feet and for running a tight ship.

During the Patriots' visit on Wednesday, Kraft lauded his longtime friend, Trump, and likened his long-shot victory to the Patriots' own. He added that the tradition of Super Bowl champs visiting the White House each year "never really was a political thing" for him.

Players have turned down White House invites ever since such events began to take off under President Ronald Reagan.

Kraft compared the Patriots' victory to Trump's win in the November 2016 election and handed him a jersey with number 45 on it representing the 45th president of the United States.

Asked in February about his teammates' decision to snub Trump's invitation, Brady said "everybody has their own choice".

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The official said plans could change in the unlikely event a North Korean missile targets South Korea, Japan or US territory. On Twitter, Mr Trump said he had "great confidence" China would "properly deal with North Korea".

Trump commended Kraft for building a "culture dedicated to winning" and noted that "he started it with his coach", Belichick.

Gronk and 33 other Patriots players are at the White House to celebrate their win in Super Bowl 51 against the Atlanta Falcons. "You've achieved it five times", Trump said, then referencing Belichick's "no days off" chant from the victory parade in Boston and saying it applies to his job, as well.

"All right ... that was cool", he says as the press corps and Spicer all let out a laugh.

Several players this year alluded to USA politics as motivation for not attending: "I just don't feel welcome in that house", running back LeGarrette Blount reportedly told the Rich Eisen radio show.

And Branch, who visited the White House in 2014 when President Barack Obama was in office, said he is going to "hang out with the family" instead.

A reporter for ESPN, Mike Reiss, shared the great quarterback's statement on Twitter several hours before the visit.

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