Here’s some news that will likely make President Donald Trump happy.
Tom Brady — the New England Patriots’ star quarterback and friend of the president — is expected to be in attendance Wednesday when the team visits the White House, Politico reported Sunday citing “sources familiar with the planning” of the event. Trump is scheduled to congratulate the team on their Super Bowl LI victory at 1:30 p.m.
Brady skipped the event in 2015, which was the only time the Patriots visit White House during President Barack Obama’s presidency. However, he was in attendance during the team’s three visits during the Bush years (as well as during the University of Michigan’s visit to the Clinton White House following their 1997 national championship). Given the quarterback’s oft-mentioned friendship with Trump, it appeared given he would not miss this year’s trip.
“It really is a great experience,” Brady said of the event in February. “Putting politics aside, it never was a political thing. At least, it never was to me. It meant you won a championship and you got to experience something cool with your team, with your teammates.”
At least six members of Brady’s teammates — Martellus Bennett, Devin McCourty, Chris Long, LeGarrette Blount, Alan Branch, and Dont’a Hightower — have said they will not attend the Patriots’ White House trip, some citing political objections to Trump. According to Brady, such decisions are a personal choice.
“Everyone has their own choice,” he said earlier this year. “It’s an offseason. These days are valuable for everybody. You only get so much time with your family and friends, and if people don’t want to go they don’t want to go and that’s their choice.”