The 2017 Super Bowl champions visited the White House Wednesday, following the tradition of the President congratulating the winning team. NPR's Scott Horsley reports. "But thank you", he said. But for the Trump visit, those staffers were seated on the South Lawn.
A Patriots spokesperson said many players "did not see the need to go twice in three years". Unless you rely on the broadcast network evening news. Trump even walked away from his own watch party at his Florida golf club. But any boost Trump might have gotten among Patriots faithful was denied him by the broadcast networks. "The Patriots are an incredible organization and this Super Bowl victory was a complete team effort".
HORSLEY: Trump ticked through some of the key plays in that game the way he often describes his own run of the electoral map - Danny Amendola's fourth down conversion, Trey Flowers' big sack, a clutch reception by Julian Edelman.
"He's becoming a pretty famous guy for winning, I'll tell you that", Trump said of Kraft, who was one of several National Football League team owners to donate $1 million to his inaugural committee. That's the beauty of what they do. "That's the beauty of what they do - they win as a team".
Brady released a statement saying he was "so happy and excited" that the Patriots are being honored at the White House.
The Patriots said 34 players visited the White House this year compared to 50 two years ago, but the total number of visitors - including staff - was about the same.
"The Patriots had 36 players visit President George W. Bush in 2004 and 27 players after they won in 2005", he wrote.
The New England Patriot's Rob Gronkowski paid a surprise visit to the White House briefing room during Wednesday's televised briefing.
"When my son grows up - and I believe the legacy of our president is going to be what it is - I don't want him to say, 'Hey dad, why'd you go when you knew the right thing was to not go, '" Long says in the video. "He's tough, he's smart, and he's got a great heart".
The New York Times and ProPublica last week reported that the administration has installed former lobbyists across the federal government, many of whom are now tasked with regulating issues they used to work on in the private sector. The New York Times was forced to come out, post-election, and send a letter to readers promising more balanced coverage, semi-apologizing for the biased, skewed and ultimately, inaccurate coverage of the Trump campaign.