Trump disinvites Philadelphia Eagles from White House over anthem dispute

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Although the Eagles were supposed to attend a Super Bowl celebration at the White House, the trip was canceled when "the great majority of [Eagles] players" chose to skip the visit. Bob Casey, both Democrats from Pennsylvania both tweeted at the Eagles within just minutes of the White House announcing their rescinding of the Eagles to the White House.

Many players from the team were not planning on attending the ceremony as a protest of Trump, his policies and his outspoken criticism of players who chose to kneel during the anthem.

Berman noted that no Eagles players kneeled during the anthem a year ago, but Conway asked to "unpack that separately". Coach Doug Pederson had met with the team recently to gauge what the feeling around the locker room might be.

While discussing Donald Trump's attacks on the Philidephia Eagles team that he disinvited from a White House visit, CNN's Don Lemon compared the president's antics to the "forced patriotism" of "autocrats". Come Tuesday, a bunch of so-called "Eagles fans" descended on the White House lawn for a replacement event that celebrated the military and the country.

Mr. Trump did not mention the Eagles once throughout the speech.

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Petrilyak is a frequent attendee at NFL games and other sporting events, and he's seen the controversy over the national anthem become more and more visible. It seemed to insinuate the players were kneeling during the national anthem. "We stand to honor our military and to honor our country and to remember the fallen heroes who never made it back home".

The move to scrap the visit - originally planned for Tuesday - comes after a tumultuous 2017 season that saw Trump launch furious assaults on mostly black National Football League players who took the knee.

The team was expected to be there on Tuesday for an event marking their victory in this year's Super Bowl.

The White House also put out an official statement echoing Sanders' sentiments.

"The president decided, the number he focused on is the number of Eagles fans who had already been waived in and secured here to come to the White House". Teams can be fined if players do not stand and "show respect" during the anthem. He repeated the criticism on Twitter.

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