President Donald Trump participated in the coin toss for Saturday’s Army vs. Navy game in Philadelphia.
Trump was on the field for the national anthem, and later, wearing a red “Keep America Great” hat, joined the game officials and team captains at midfield. The toss was won by Navy, who opted to defer to the second half. That decision gave the ball to Army to begin the game.
Crowds broke out into chants of “Trump” and “commander in chief” at various points of the game. Not to show any bias, Trump started the game on the Army side of the field, sitting with Esper, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley.
Then at halftime, Trump crossed the field to the Navy side and was met with more cheers. He was joined by Acting Secretary of Navy Thomas Modly and Superintendent of the Naval Academy Vice Adm. Sean Buck. Trump and the crowds looked up to admire five Black Hawk helicopters that flew over the stadium.
He informed players they can play professional football after graduation under a new waiver for service academy athletes.
“Trump stopped at the locker rooms of both the Army Black Knights, who were 5-7 heading into the game, and the Navy Midshipmen, with a record of 9-2, to wish the teams good luck and announce that their service could be delayed to play in the NFL,” Fox News reported.
Trump said in the Army locker room, “So what we’re doing now is you’ll go out and you’ll make a fortune…
“And after you are all finished with your professional career, you’ll go and you’ll serve. And everybody’s thrilled.”
Saturday’s game marked the third time Trump attended the Army-Navy game. He first made the trip to Baltimore for the 2016 game when he was the president-elect. He opted not to attend in 2017, but was back at the game in 2018.
The 2018 game, also in Philadelphia, was the first time President Trump was involved in the coin toss.
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