On Wednesday, #Donald Trump met with the current NFL Super Bowl champions the New England Patriots. After the #New York Times ran a story comparing the number of players attending the White House event in comparison to the last time the team won the championship, the president decided to voice his frustrations on Twitter.
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It's a tradition for any major sports team that wins the championship to be invited to the White House to meet with the current President of the United States.
This past January, the New England Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons in the Super Bowl, pulling off the biggest comeback in history. Down 25 points in the third quarter, the Patriots staged their comeback led by star quarterback #Tom Brady, who also broke multiple Super Bowl records, including for number of completed passes, 43, and passing yards, 466. With a final score of 34 to 28, the Patriots defeated the Falcons in overtime, as Brady won the game MVP, as New England walked away with their 5th Super Bowl trophy in team history. When the team arrived to meet with Donald Trump this week, the number of players was less when compared to the 2015 meeting with former President Barack Obama. After the New York Times reported on the story, Trump ripped into the paper during an April 20 Twitter post.
Failing @nytimes, which has been calling me wrong for two years, just got caught in a big lie concerning New England Patriots visit to W.H..— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 20, 2017Advertisements
Taking to his Twitter account on Thursday morning, Donald Trump once again set his sights on the New York Times for allegedly reporting inaccurate information about the New England Patriots meeting with Trump at the White House. "Failing @nytimes, which has been calling me wrong for two years, just got caught in a big lie concerning New England Patriots visit to W.H." Trump tweeted out.
The New York Times report in question showed a comparison picture of the New England Patriots meeting with Barack Obama in 2015, and Donald Trump earlier this week. The Patriots pushed back at the New York Times' reporting, but did confirm that it was accurate in saying the number of players attending was smaller, 34 this year compared to 54 in 2015, but noted that the total number of delegation attending was "roughly the same."
Star quarterback Tom Brady, who has a well-documented friendship with the former host of "The Apprentice," was not in attendance due to having a family-related issue, while others cited their opposition to the Donald Trump's policies as their excuse for not attending. While the New York Times reporting appeared to be mostly accurate, it's not surprising that the president would take the opportunity to blast one of his top media targets.