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Trump says Super Bowl champs no longer invited to White House

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President Donald Trump poses for photographs with the New England Patriots during a celebration. President Donald Trump poses for photographs with the New England Patriots during a celebration.

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump has called off tomorrow's planned visit by the Philadelphia Eagles to the White House over a dispute over whether NFL players must stand during the playing of the national anthem.

The move comes after several key members of the Super Bowl championship team said they would not be attending, in protest of Trump's stance on the anthem.

The White House released a statement saying that some members of the Super Bowl championship team "disagree with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart."

Trump says the team wanted to send a smaller delegation, but fans who planned to attend "deserve better."

He says he'll instead be hosting "a different type of ceremony" with the U.S. Marine Band and the United Army Chorus playing the national anthem.

The NFL recently announced a new policy requiring players to stand for the anthem if they're on the field before a game. President Trump had suggested players who kneel be fired.

It is an annual tradition that members of the Super Bowl championship team visit the White House.
 

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