New England Patriots celebrated their Super Bowl 2017 win with President Donald Trump at the White House on April 19th, 2017.
It started when the New York Times shared this picture comparing the apparent crowd sizes of the Patriots visit in 2015 vs 2017.
Rob Gronkowski and some of the New England Patriots attended the White House for the annual "sports teams who win a championship visit the White House for some reason" visit. However, he noted that he is happy for the support Trump has given his team throughout the years.
However, on Wednesday night, the Patriots responded to the tweet, saying the side-by-side photos "lack context".
They have played golf together several times, and the football player had a "Make America Great Again" hat in his locker in September of 2015.
According to the Sporting News, six Patriot players have announced they are not attending the traditional visit.
The tweet also came around the same time Brady said he would not be attending the White House ceremony, citing "personal family matters".More news: United to pay compensation to plane passengers after dragging in
The latter was not present for the Patriots' White House visit Wednesday.
"No team has been this good for this long", Trump said during the ceremony on Wednesday.
The Patriots doubled down on this, but with a photo from George W. Bush's term, "the last time the Patriots won two Super Bowls in three years". And there was no media availability for any players or the Patriots owner at the end of the event, as Trump appeared to have tried to do the direct opposite of what Obama did. Bad tweet. I wish I could say it's complicated, but no, this one is pretty straightforward: I'm an idiot.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft and head coach Bill Belichick are both known supporters of President Trump.
The president, who has spoken about his relationship with Brady in the past, did not mention him during his speech.
As you can clearly see in the photo above, there are slightly more people in the 2015 photo behind the president.