Trump welcomes Patriots to White House; Brady no-shows

Trump welcomes Patriots to White House; Brady no-shows

Trump welcomes Patriots to White House; Brady no-shows

"I wish I could say it's complicated, but no, this one is pretty straightforward: I'm an idiot", the statement read.

"Hopefully, if we accomplish the goal of winning a championship in the future years, we will back on the South Lawn again soon". It was the team's fifth Super Bowl victory since 1960.

Galynn Brady, Tom's mother, has been battling cancer and is now in Boston which may be the reason for his inability to attend the event.

Although Brady skipped the event to attend to "family matters", several of his teammate were absent as part of a symbolic protest of the Trump administration.

The Patriots last won the USA football championship in 2015, earning a similar show of congratulations from then-president Barack Obama.

Some Patriots players, including quarterback Tom Brady, intend to skip the White House visit.

Kraft's company donated $1 million to Trump's presidential inaugural committee, according to filings released Tuesday.

New England Patriots celebrated their Super Bowl 2017 win with President Donald Trump at the White House on April 19th, 2017.

Others, including tight end Martellus Bennett, safety Devin McCourty, defensive tackle Alan Branch and running back LeGarrette Blount, said publicly that they would not go to the meeting, as they do not support the president.

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Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and team owner Robert Kraft, whose personal relationships with President Trump has been heavily reported on over the previous year, were front and center as the President honored the Super Bowl LI Champs.

The Patriots doubled down on this, but with a photo from George W. Bush's term, "the last time the Patriots won two Super Bowls in three years".

It all started a few hours after the Patriots celebration ended when the Times tweeted out a photo that showed the difference between the team's entourage in 2015 - when Barack Obama was president - and the size of the team's entourage in 2017 with Trump.

Trump's welcome to the team came hours after the news from MA prisons officials that ex-Patriot tight end Aaron Hernandez hanged himself in his prison cell.

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"What a group of champions, all of them", the president said.

No lawmakers attended the White House event.

Of the 34 players who were present, only six had played with Hernandez and none of them spoke with reporters after the ceremony.

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