Trump scraps Philadelphia Eagles' White House visit

MINNEAPOLIS MN- FEBRUARY 04 Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after his teams 41-33 win over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium

MINNEAPOLIS MN- FEBRUARY 04 Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after his teams 41-33 win over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium

Colbert also focused on Fox News' decision to run a photo of Eagles tight end Zach Ertz kneeling on the field in prayer during a segment about Trump's decision. Mr. Trump's statement accused the Eagles of disagreeing with his stance that all players should stand for the anthem. "This decision by the White House has led to the cancellation of several player-led community service events for young people in the Washington, D.C. area".

Trump abruptly canceled the event on Monday night, citing a disagreement between him and some of the players regarding protests during the national anthem, which are meant to shine a light on police brutality and oppression of people of color.

Prior to being disinvited by Trump, the Eagles previously requested to have their White House visit rescheduled to next week when Trump is scheduled to be in Singapore for his June 12th summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, according to Politico.

In his earlier statement, Trump said the Eagles wanted to a send a smaller delegation, "but the 1,000 fans planning to attend the event deserve better". Trump had tweeted on Monday that kneeling or staying in the locker room during the anthem is "disrespectful to our country".

"I had the idea a long time ago, particularly since I thought the Eagles and sports teams like that should be doing a kind of victory lap", Courtright said. In place of the ceremony Tuesday, the White House will instead have the United States Marine Band and the United States Army Chorus deliver a rendition of the "Star Spangled Banner".

Mr. Trump issued a statement Monday evening saying the full National Football League team would not be coming after several players indicated they wouldn't participate.

Even Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney had something to say about it, inviting the team to City Hall while criticizing the president, saying that Trump is the one that is "not a true patriot", and that he is "a fragile egomaniac obsessed with crowd size".

"What you've seen and what you've heard is enough", Pederson said when reporters tried to follow up.

Last year, the White House canceled a visit by the National Basketball Association champions, the Golden State Warriors. but that was after it's star players said they wouldn't be going.

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