Patriots respond to comparison photo showing team with Obama versus Trump

Less than half as many Patriots showed up for Donald Trump as Barack Obama

Sounds like President Trump was not too happy that his good friend Tom Brady bailed on the New England Patriots' White House visit at the last minute.

The Patriots posted another photo to their Twitter account Wednesday showing Patriots staff and players who visited the White House Wednesday, among other personnel. He said that more than 45 players attended the ceremonies in 2002, after the franchise's first Super Bowl, and that in 2015, when Barack Obama was president, the number of players approached 50. In the case of the picture taken during the visit with President Obama, the Patriots tweeted, more than 40 staff members are seen on the stairs. It was the team's fifth Super Bowl victory since 1960. "In 2017, they were seated on the South Lawn". That turned out not to be the case, but there was a new crowd size controversy involving the Trump administration that had people- including the president himself- talking Thursday morning.

While some players stated they were skipping the Trump event for political reasons, the team suggested that because it has won two Super Bowls in three seasons, the lack of novelty of a White House visit might have kept some players away.

Meanwhile, Trump opted to maintain his love/hate relationship with his hometown newspaper - while he loves to describe The New York Times as "failing", he also gives them a steady stream of interviews and scoops. Even Trump fan Tom Brady did not make the trip, citing a family issue.

The sports media, which the writers themselves admit has become a very liberal profession, continue to celebrate athletes for boycotting the Trump White House or stating in advance that they would do so.

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Disagreement over the pictures aside, there were indeed fewer Patriots players in attendance at Wednesday's meeting than there were in 2015.

New England has now visited the White House five times after winning the Lombardy Trophy.

That's when George W. Bush was president.

The Times clarified later Wednesday that the Patriots said fewer players had attended the White House event in 2017 but that the size of the delegations were roughly the same.

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