The New England Patriots will take on the Philadelphia Eagles at Minneapolis’ U.S. Bank Stadium. Trump is friends with Patriots owner Robert Kraft, as well as quarterback Tom Brady.
AP Photo/Andrew HarnikPresident Donald Trump is presented with a New England Patriots football helmet by Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft during a ceremony at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, April 19, 2017.
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The president kept mum when asked on Friday if he had a prediction which team would snag the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
“I better not get involved,” Trump said.
Following the presidential party, the Trumps — who have been spending the weekend at their Mar-a-Lago resort — will return to Washington.
AP Photo/Andrew HarnikPresident Donald Trump is presented with a New England Patriots jersey by Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, left, and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, center, during a ceremony at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, April 19, 2017.
Trump has had a contentious relationship in recent months with the NFL, sparring with owners, players and others in the organization about the controversial practice of players kneeling during the national anthem to raise awareness to racial injustice and police brutality.
At an Alabama rally in September, the president said, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired. He’s fired!'”