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Posted by Eric Fisher On June 4

With reportedly 10 or fewer players planning to attend, President Trump cancels Tuesday’s White House ceremony honoring the Eagles for winning Super Bowl.

Trump issued the following statement:

“The Philadelphia Eagles are unable to come to the White House with their full team to be celebrated tomorrow. They disagree with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our military and the people of our country.

“The Eagles wanted to send a smaller delegation, but the 1,000 fans planning to attend the event deserve better. These fans are still invited to the White House to be part of a different type of ceremony — one that will honor our great country, pay tribute to the heroes who fight to protect it, and loudly and proudly play the National Anthem. I will be there at 3:00 p.m. with the United States Marine Band and the United States Army Chorus to celebrate America.”

Many Eagles said they would not attend ceremony. Safety Malcolm Jenkins and defensive end Chris Long, both outspoken critics of Trump and the NFL’s new national anthem policy, had said they would do community work in Washington, D.C., instead of attending the ceremony.

The Eagles released their own statement, which notably does not mention either Trump or the canceled invitation.

The statement reads: “It has been incredibly thrilling to celebrate our first Super Bowl Championship. Watching the entire Eagles community come together has been an inspiration. We are truly grateful for all of the support we have received and we are looking forward to continuing our preparations for the 2018 season.”

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