VERIFY: Did majority of the Patriots skip out on White House visit?

The Patriots' official Twitter account responded to the claims showing pictures from both events.

Stallman went on to explain that the idea was not properly vetted and took full responsibility for the misleading photo comparison, which was re-tweeted more than 50,000 times and is still on Twitter.

Patriots spokesperson Stacey James told the New York Times that "one reason substantially fewer players showed up this time as compared to 2015 was that some veteran players did not see the need to go twice in three years".

Some players declined to visit the controversial president. "In 2017, they were seated on the South Lawn", the team wrote in the reply. Sixteen fewer, the Patriots said.

President Donald Trump celebrated the New England Patriots at the White House on Wednesday, but the Super Bowl winners were missing their star quarterback, with Brady skipping the ceremony. The Patriots were quick to point out that certain members of the organization were simply standing in a different place this year than they were in 2015.

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Trump, who appears to have a love-hate relationship with what he has called the "failing" New York Times, was quick to weigh in. "Today, we had 34", the posting said.

Another group of players - running back LeGarrette Blount, defensive end Chris Long, defensive tackle Alan Branch and tight end Martellus Bennett - boycotted the ceremony because of Trump's policies. That turned out not to be the case, but there was a new crowd size controversy involving the Trump administration that had people- including the president himself- talking Thursday morning.

National Park Service photos showed a smaller number of people at Trump's inauguration than at President Obama's in 2009.

According to the team, the comparison photo suggests a significantly smaller turnout for Trump's celebration.

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