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Malcolm Mitchell: President Trump's Shout-Out 'Almost Brought Me To Tears'

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The reigning Super Bowl champions New England Patriots visited President Donald Trump at the White House on Wednesday.

This time, however, the media focused a lot of attention on the players who refused to attend due to their dislike of President Trump.

The 27-year-old was no stranger to the White House, having visited former president Barack Obama after the Super Bowl XLIX win in 2015.

Though numerous Super Bowl champions also skipped the White House visit in past years (including Brady, who was not in attendance in 2015), the Patriots' earlier connections to Trump meant particular scrutiny this time around.

The Patriots clapped back on Twitter, saying the tweets lacked context.

Brady is a personal friend of Trump's, and the president often cited the quarterback while out on the campaign trail past year.

In light of some recent developments, I am unable to attend today's ceremony, as I am attending to some personal family matters.

"James said that one reason substantially fewer players showed up this time as compared to 2015 was that some veteran players did not see the need to go twice in three years", The New York Times reported.

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The president said Belichick actually wrote him a new letter which was even better than the first after he asked him if he could read it to the crowd.

College and professional sports teams routinely visit the White House after winning a championship.

Among some of the missing team members were Danny Amendola, Chris Long, Alan Branch, Martellus Bennett, and Devin McCourty.

The Patriots' visit to Washington was a home run. or whatever the football equivalent of a home run is.

A Patriots spokesman told the Times that 34 players attended this week's ceremony.

Thirty-four Patriots players attended the ceremony. Trump did not mention Brady, who was awarded the Super Bowl MVP award and whom he has called a friend, in his absence.

In addition to Brady, Trump is close with Patriots owner Bob Kraft, who has dined with Trump and Japan's prime minister at Mar-a-Lago.

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