Prior to attending a non-public event this week, the first lady had not attended any official White House events for the past 25 days.
Malcolm Jenkins #27 of the Philadelphia Eagles speaks to the media during Super Bowl LII media availability on January 31, 2018 at Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota. Trump has often blasted the NFL players who have kneeled for the national anthem, a protest that started in 2016 when San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick did so to raise awareness of racism - more specifically, the killing of black men by police. "The players have conducted themselves with dignity and grace and patriotism". I can't say enough good things about what our fans have done for us. One of those reasons might be that their president called players a son of a bitch in a speech.
Professional and collegiate sports teams being recognized in a ceremony at the White House is a tradition that dates back many years.
The president initially canceled the visit on Monday night, citing the National Anthem controversy. "The procedure was successful, and there were no complications", White House Communications Director Stephanie Grisham said in a statement on May 14.
Jenkins identified several players, including teammates Chris Long and Torey Smith, as "true patriots".
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Those players were kneeling in prayer.not a single Philadelphia player took a knee during the regular season previous year, but this is a huge story.the Fox network is against prayer in public.
"I don't think [he's] actually kneeling", joked Arroyo of one robust anthem protestor.
However, on Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the Eagles pulled a "political stunt" by trying to only send a "tiny handful of representatives" to the White House after wanting to reschedule.
The silent interview was in response to the Philadelphia Eagles getting disinvited from their traditional White House visit for winning the Super Bowl.