The White House will be holding a celebration of the Super Bowl-champion Philadelphia Eagles Tuesday — but without any members of the team.
President Trump said in a statement Monday night that since the entire team refuses to come because of the continuing flap over the national anthem, none of the team members would be welcomed.
“The Philadelphia Eagles are unable to come to the White House with their full team to be celebrated tomorrow,” Trump said in the statement.
“They disagree with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our military and the people of our country. The Eagles wanted to send a smaller delegation, but the 1,000 fans planning to attend the event deserve better.”
The White House is still planning a patriotic celebration for Eagles fans — but without the team.
“These fans are still invited to the White House to be part of a different type of ceremony—one that will honor our great country, pay tribute to the heroes who fight to protect it, and loudly and proudly play the National Anthem,” the president added.