Trump congratulates Patriots, doesn't mention Hernandez


At the White House daily briefing, reporter George Condon asked Press Secretary Sean Spicer to name a single legislative accomplishment from Trump's agenda that he could boast when the 100-day mark hits.

It was a love-fest on the South Lawn as President Trump took his first turn as the fan-in-chief as he hosted the New England Patriots at the White House on the occasion of their Super Bowl LI victory.

The celebration at the White House was tempered by the apparent suicide of former Patriot Aaron Hernandez in prison earlier Wednesday. Quarterback Tom Brady - long said to be Trump's favorite player - skipped out citing "family matters", leading Trump to snub him in his speech.

He interrupted Spicer's briefing by asking if he needed any help.

Hernandez, who played for the Patriots from 2010 to 2012, was serving a life sentence for a murder conviction.

Trump "launched his campaign against 16 seasoned politicians... facing odds like we did", Kraft said, adding that both the Patriots and Trump persevered. When you're congratulating a team for pulling off the greatest comeback win in Super Bowl history, you nearly have to go out of your way not to mention the man who threw for 466 yards, three touchdowns and eventually won the game's MVP award.

Brady also skipped the Patriots 2015 White House visit.

The Patriots, he said, "delivered iconic American sports moments that will last forever" in their comeback from 25 points down to win 34-28 in overtime.

Devin McCourty, a team captain, agreed, telling Time magazine: "Basic reason for me is I don't feel accepted in the White House". Some of them are openly political ― tight end Martellus Bennett, for example, is a vehement critic of President Trump, and running back LaGarratte Blount has told an interviewer he doesn't "feel welcome in that house". That's so sweet! Well, Belichick and Kraft tried to top that by presenting Trump with the traditional gift of his very own number 45 Patriots jersey. The 2015 shot shows far more people standing behind Obama on the White House stage and flanking staircases. He then turned over the podium to Kraft and coach Bill Belichick. Many noted their differences with the Republican administration.



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