President Trump embraces New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft (r.) as the teams' wide reciever Julian Edelman (l.) looks on at the White House event. One of Trump's signature "Make America Great Again" hats was spotted in Brady's locker in 2015.
Trump's welcome to the team, scheduled for early afternoon, is coming hours after the news from MA prisons officials that ex-Patriot tight end Aaron Hernandez hanged himself in his prison cell. "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.
Vice President Mike Pence says in Japan that Washington will work with its allies and China to put economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea but adds that the United States would defeat any attack with an "overwhelming response". Hernandez was serving life in prison for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd.
Trump borrowed one of Patriots head coach Bill Belichick's most famous phrases in his speech honoring the defending champions.
Earlier in the day, Patriots tight end and class clown Rob Gronkowski crashed White House press secretary Sean Spicer's media briefing, offering to help.
Brady continued to say the due to recent developments, he would not be able to visit the White House ceremony today.
The two pictures appear to show far fewer Patriots celebrating with President Trump. King posted video from the White House on his Instagram account on Wednesday and wrote: "Worked my ass off to be able to take this trip, and for the unbelievable opportunity to be here with my teammates and coaches". But Brady also declined to attend 2015. "And I understand the focus of football very well, I think, as a civilian, and the pride the Patriots rightfully take in what they've achieved with this championship". Tom Brady Although he will not be in attendance, Brady has good relations with President Trump, which stirred up controversy during the 2016 election.
Blount said he didn't "feel welcome" at the White House. "With the president having so many strong opinions and prejudices I believe certain people might feel accepted there while others won't". The team presented the president with a personalized "Trump" No. 45 jersey and a helmet from February's Super Bowl, the first such game to go to overtime.