President Donald Trump withdraws Philadelphia Eagles' White House invitation

  • President Donald Trump withdraws Philadelphia Eagles' White House invitation

President Donald Trump withdraws Philadelphia Eagles' White House invitation

President Trump rescinded the invitation in a tweet: "Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team".

James' remark came in response to President Donald Trump's decision to disinvite the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles from a celebration of their title at the White House.

The president seems to be uninviting the team over the national anthem dispute.

On Tuesday, basketball stars Lebron James and Stephen Curry of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors stated that regardless of who wins the NBA finals, neither of their teams would want to visit the White House.

The President took to Twitter Tuesday to reiterate his criticism of the players who refused to visit the White House.

Former Eagles receiver Torrey Smith, who spent last season in Philadelphia, accused Trump's statement as containing "so many lies" and acknowledging not many players were planning to attend.

In a statement issued by the White House, Trump said fans are still invited to attend a "different type of ceremony", that will "pay tribute to the heroes" in the USA military and "loudly and proudly play the National Anthem".

After canceling the Eagles' White House visit, President Trump hosted a "Celebration of America" featuring music provided by US military bands and choruses. Some reports said fewer than 10 players would have gone, others said fewer than five, still others said quarterback Nick Foles was the only player ready to do so. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said teams will be fined if players on the field fail to stand.

Trump voiced approval for the new policy after it was passed last month, saying in an interview with "Fox & Friends" on May 24, "You have to stand proudly for the national anthem".

Apparently that tradition will end as President Trump has disinvited the Philadelphia Eagles from visiting the White House.

Of the Eagles, many have said they won't go to the White House.

"If this wasn't a political stunt, then [the team] wouldn't have planned to attend the event and then backed out", Sanders said.