>> The Superbowl champion Philadelphia Eagles will not visit the White House on Tuesday as planned after President Trump said he disinvited the team because of a disagreement over his call for NFL players to stand for the national anthem. In a statement released on Monday, Trump said the Eagles are unable to come to the White House with their full team to be celebrated tomorrow.
They disagree with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our military and the people of our country. The statement goes on to say that the Eagles wanted to send a smaller delegation but the president said he declined.
But Torrey Smith who played for the Eagles in the Superbowl but has since been traded, responded with a pair of tweets. Saying no one refused to go simply because Trump insists folks stand for the anthem, and it's a cowardly act to cancel the celebration because the majority of the people don't want to see you.
The mayor of Philadelphia issued a statement of his own, saying, quote, 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 embarrassment of throwing a party to which no one wants to attend.
This is not the first time Trump has disinvited an entire sports team from a visit to the White House. Trump rescinded the invitation to last year's NBA champions the Golden State Warriors when the team's star player Steph Curry said he probably wouldn't go to the White House if invited.
>> I don't wanna go. That's really it.
Trump responded, not with an official statement, but with a tweet saying, going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team. Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!