With the New England Patriots facing off against the Philadelphia Eagles in Minneapolis, Minnesota for Super Bowl LII, the entire country was glued to their television sets eager to see how things would go. But one person who was not interested in seeing the end of the exciting football season was the president of the United States, Donald Trump. Because he has been critical of the league for how the team owners failed to handle the issue of player protests, Trump was not eager to support the NFL by watching the Super Bowl.
Instead of giving a pregame interview, which was a presidential tradition for years, Trump packed up his belongings and flew to his resort in South Florida. Because he felt that the NFL had not properly protected the flag and the national anthem from the protestors, he was unwilling to support the league and encourage Americans to watch.
He released a statement as follows:
“I extend our greetings and appreciation for those who make occasions like this possible, particularly the brave men and women of our Armed Forces. We proudly stand for the National Anthem.”
Sarah Huckabee Sanders released an image of Trump’s complete statement on her Twitter feed. It added:
Though many of our Nation’s service members are unable to be home with family and friends to enjoy this evening’s American tradition, they are always in our thoughts and prayers. We owe these heroes the greatest respect for defending our liberty and our American way of life. Their sacrifice is stitched into each star and every stripe of our Star-Spangled Banner. We hold them in our hearts and thank them for our freedom as we proudly stand for the National Anthem.”
Trump’s official statement concluded with:
“We send our best wishes for an enjoyable Super Bowl Sunday. May God bless and protect our troops, and may He continue to bless the United States of America.”
So what was President Trump doing while the country was watching the Super Bowl?
He was hosting a meet and greet with cheerleaders. After Sanders shared Trump’s memo with the country, the White House posted a video of Trump approaching cheerleaders. They had arrived from Florida Atlantic University to give Trump a show while he was out on the golf course as the Super Bowl began. The president also met members of the school band.
The private show for the president brought Trump much pleasure. He enjoyed seeing the bright young faces display their pride for the sport of football and for the troops in the Armed Forces.
A reader on IJR.com was eager to share her views about Trump skipping the Super Bowl.
“I’m almost certain the lefties will find something about the President’s actions to be suspect.”
While the president broke the tradition of offering a speech before the biggest football game of the year, he managed to put his own mark on the issue and meet young women who were proud to be part of the sport.
What do you think about Trump’s reaction to the NFL?