New England Patriots Visit White House

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President Donald Trump slammed the New York Times Thursday for posting images contrasting the New England Patriots' 2015 and 2017 White House Super Bowl celebrations. The team recently won the Super Bowl, and the athletes met President Donald Trump in the Oval Office at 1 celebrate before going to the South Lawn for a ceremony. The same personnel stood on the steps behind team players and Obama in 2015.

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

The original Times photo went viral, getting re-tweeted about 46,000 times, while the "update" tweet that clarified the turnout received only about 500 re-tweets. President Trump praised the team for their dramatic come-from-behind win which both the president and Patriots owner Robert Kraft compared to Trump's own victory last November.

Some Patriots skipped Wednesday's visit to the White House for political reasons - star quarterback Tom Brady cited "personal family matters".

Chiara Ferragni e Fedez si sono lasciati?
Forse la loro è stata solo una svista oppure un semplice litigio come può accade normalmente tra due fidanzati. Crisi? Rottura? Stracci che volano al posto delle nozze e di futuri Fedezzini?

Now the New England Patriots are in the (White) house adding insult to insult.

Of course, there are players who opted not to show due to their feeling about Trump and his administration. Brady also missed the festivities in 2015, but attended the three previous visits.

Trump must've inspired the Patriots because the National Football League team also called out the Times following the team's visit to the White House on Wednesday.

A Patriots spokesman, Stacey James, said more than 45 players attended the White House in 2015 under President Obama. Staff members who traveled with the team for Wednesday's visit were seated on the South Lawn at the time the photo was taken. Spicer - an avid Patriots fan - responded: "I think I got this". Tom must've known that skipping a White House appearance when Obama was in office but going to one with Trump at the helm would've been a terrible look for him.

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