Following his last minute decision to cancel the Philadelphia Eagles’ White House visit in honor of their Super Bowl win, President Donald Trump continued taunting the football team, tweeting Tuesday morning that there will be “no escaping to locker rooms” during an event planned in place of the Eagles’ visit.
“We will proudly be playing the National Anthem and other wonderful music celebrating our Country today at 3 P.M., The White House, with the United States Marine Band and the United States Army Chorus,” he posted on his Twitter account. “Honoring America! NFL, no escaping to Locker Rooms!”
The president disinvited the NFL team following a New York Times report that few players were planning to attend – a fact that Trump said in a statement was due to their disagreement with his stance on players kneeling during the national anthem.
However, not one Eagles player took a knee during the last season.
In a statement released Monday, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said Trump’s decision to disinvite the team shows that “our President is not a true patriot, but a fragile egomaniac” who simply does not want to be embarrassed by “throwing a party to which no one wants to attend.”
Kenney also said he is proud of his city’s team for their work on and off the field, and that the players represent the “diversity of our nation—a nation in which we are free to express our opinions.”
Trump followed up his previous tweets with another highlighting various sports teams that have met with him at the White House:
“We have had many Championship teams recently at the White House including the Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros, Pittsburgh Penguins, New England Patriots, Alabama and Clemson National Champions, and many others,” he said.