In a statement later on Tuesday, Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins did not reference Trump or Sanders specifically but said, "the decision was made to lie, and paint the picture that these players are anti-America, anti-flag and anti-military".
The assembled Eagles fans were so fired up for the festivities that they momentarily lost all knowledge of their favored team when questioned by a local reporter.
The president withdrew his invitation to the Super Bowl LII champions after only about 10 players planned on attending the White House ceremony.
"I will be there at 3:00 pm (1900 GMT) with the United States Marine Band and the United States Army Chorus to celebrate America".
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The Justice Department is making classified documents available to the same congressional leaders for review next week. He demanded a Justice Department inquiry of the matter and dubbed the matter " SPYGATE " in repeated posts on Twitter.
Trump staged a political event on the White House South Lawn in place of a Super Bowl party for the Eagles, insisting on the need for Americans to stand up for the anthem to honor those who have sacrificed their lives for the nation. "And we always proudly stand for the national anthem".
Now again, what's really amusing about this is the fact that Trump didn't want the Philadelphia Eagles to come to the White House to celebrate their Super Bowl victory because too many of them weren't going to show up. "That was a decision that came to us as a team and we were going to do, it's no stunt or anything like that", he said. It could very well likely end up being just dozens of staffers, a source noted.
While reporting on the story, Fox News used photos of Eagles players kneeling on the ground, which is most often associated with the controversial NFL protests during the national anthem. Jenkins raised his fist as a form of protest, but stopped doing so in November after the National Football League and the players' coalition agreed to a $90 million social justice initiative.
On Thursday, May 31, the team notified the White House of 81 individuals, including players, coaches, management, and support personnel, who would attend the event.