President Donald Trump welcomed the New England Patriots to the White House Wednesday, noting the parallels between his own upset victory and their stunning Super Bowl win — but avoiding discussion of the apparent prison suicide of their former teammate Aaron Hernandez earlier in the day.
As he extolled the team’s virtues and saluted individual players, the president did not name star quarterback Tom Brady, who notified the White House that he was dealing with a “personal family matter” and would not attend the ceremony.
Trump hosted the five-time champions on the South Lawn and declared that “no team has been good this long.” Continue reading “Wed, Apr. 19, 2017: Trump welcomes New England Patriots to White House”
10:00 am: Receives his daily intelligence briefing
10:30 am: Meets with Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin
11:30 am: Signs S. 544 the Veterans Choice Program Extension and Improvement Act; Roosevelt Room
1:20 pm: Greets Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots in the Oval Office
2:30 pm: Holds an event with the Patriots on the South Lawn
3:30 pm: Meets with National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster
On Sunday, Bill O’Reilly will have a special Super Bowl pre-game interview with President Trump at 4 p.m. ET on your local FOX broadcast station.
In a special preview, Trump revealed his plans for dealing with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
O’Reilly asked Trump whether he “respects” the former KGB agent:
“I do respect him, but I respect a lot of people,” Trump said, “That doesn’t mean I’m going to get along with him.”
Trump said he would appreciate any assistance from Russia in the fight against ISIS terrorists, adding that he would rather get along with the former Cold War-era foe than otherwise.
“But, [Putin] is a killer,” O’Reilly said.
“There are a lot of killers,” Trump responded, “We’ve got a lot of killers. What do you think? Our country’s so innocent?”
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