Donald and Melania Trump watched a performance from college cheerleaders and a college band ahead of the Super Bowl.
The Florida Atlantic University pep band and cheerleaders performed for the Trumps at the Trump International Golf Club in Palm Beach, Florida.
The first couple is hosting a Super Bowl watch party at the golf club before returning to Washington, D.C. They spent the weekend at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort.
This Super Bowl comes at the end of a season fraught with tension between Trump and the NFL. The president consistently criticized the league and individual players for kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial inequality, and called for team owners to fire players who kneeled. No players knelt or sat during the national anthem as the Super Bowl kicked off in Minneapolis on Sunday.
Trump, who is friends with New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and quarterback Tom Brady, is known to be a fan of the Patriots, who are taking on the Philadelphia Eagles in this year’s game.
Trump thanked America’s armed forces in a statement before the Super Bowl, and prodded viewers of the game to stand for the national anthem.
“As many Americans come together to watch the Super Bowl, Melania and I extend our greetings and appreciation for those who make occasions like this possible, particularly the brave men and women of our Armed Forces,” Trump said in a statement.
“Though many of our nation’s service members are unable to be home with family and friends to enjoy this evening’s American tradition, they are always in our thoughts and prayers. We owe these heroes the greatest respect for defending our liberty and our American way of life. Their sacrifice is stitched into each star and every stripe of our Star-Spangled Banner. We hold them in our hearts and thank them for our freedom as we proudly stand for the national anthem.”
WATCH: President Trump and the First Lady visit with college cheerleaders and a college band outside of the president's golf course in south Florida ahead of the #SuperBowl. pic.twitter.com/hlmUdeZrej
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