Right off the bat today, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders faced questions about the Philadelphia Eagles not coming to the White House after all.
The statement from President Trump cites disagreement on the national anthem, and Huckabee Sanders herself said in a statement today the team “offered to send only a tiny handful of representatives,” accusing them of trying to “abandon their fans.”
During the briefing, ABC News’ Jon Karl asked, “Is the president aware that not a single player on the eagles for the entire season knelt for the national anthem?”
Huckabee Sanders responded by reaffirming Trump’s position on the anthem before blaming the Eagles for being the ones to “change their commitment at the 11th hour.”
Karl pressed further and asked, “Is this about something more than the national anthem?”
Huckabee Sanders said that it’s clearly a “political stunt” by the team, saying this whole thing is “about having pride in our country and about being respectful to the men and women that have fought and died to preserve our country.”
The White House will be hosting a “Celebration of America” event instead. And the President tweeted this morning, “The Philadelphia Eagles Football Team was invited to the White House. Unfortunately, only a small number of players decided to come, and we canceled the event. Staying in the Locker Room for the playing of our National Anthem is as disrespectful to our country as kneeling. Sorry!”
Watch above, via CNN.
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