“Our President is not a true patriot” Democrat Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said in a statement on Monday regarding President Trump’s cancellation of the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles’ White House visit:
“Disinviting them from the White House only proves that our President is not a true patriot, but a fragile egomaniac obsessed with crowd size and afraid of the embarrassment of throwing a party to which no one wants to attend.”
“Cities need to stand up in this country, and many mayors have stood up in this country against this tyrant,” Kenney told CBSN on Tuesday morning. With respect to the Eagles’ White House visit being cancelled, Kenney said, "Donald Trump ruins a lot of things, he can't ruin this.”
The White House issued a statement on Tuesday explaining the series of events leading up to the cancellation of the Eagles’ visit. “On Thursday, May 31, the team notified the White House of 81 individuals, including players, coaches, management, and support personnel, who would attend the event…along with more than 1,000 Eagles fans.” However, the number of Eagles players dropped drastically in the following days, the White House statement says.
The team then offered to reschedule the visit to a date when the president had publicly announced he would be overseas:
“Late Friday, citing the fact that many players would not be in attendance, the team contacted the White House again, and attempted to reschedule the event. The President, however, had already announced that he would be traveling overseas on the dates the Eagles proposed.”
“The White House…attempted to work with the Eagles over the weekend to change the event format that could accommodate a smaller group of players. Unfortunately, the Eagles offered to send only a tiny handful of representatives, while making clear that the great majority of players would not attend the event, despite planning to be in D.C. today. In other words, the vast majority of the Eagles team decided to abandon their fans.”
In place of the Eagles’ White House reception, “the President decided to change the event so that it would be a celebration of the American flag with Eagles fans and performances by United States Marine Band and the United States Army Chorus.”