The Times - a publication Trump has attacked on numerous occasions - tweeted out a photo on Wednesday comparing the "turnout" the Pats had when they visited Barack Obama's White House in 2015 to Trump's White House this week.
The president accepted gifts from Kraft and Belichick during the ceremony, a personalized No. 45 Patriots jersey and a team helmet matching the ones used during the Super Bowl.
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Trump hosted the five-time champions on the South Lawn and declared that "no team has been good this long". Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady is also friendly with the president but didn't attend the ceremony, citing personal matters with his family.
New England's win, the president said, was very similar his win in the presidential election.
Trump has saluted Patriots owner Bob Kraft, a longtime friend, and says the longtime coach, Bill Belichick, has "built a culture dedicated to winning".
While several high-profile members of the team, including quarterback Tom Brady, were not in attendance, the day was still worth watching.
The Patriots posted another photo to their Twitter account Wednesday showing Patriots staff and players who visited the White House Wednesday, among other personnel.