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President Donald Trump is making a habit of canceling White House visits for professional sports champions, the latest over the the national anthem issue that hangs over the NFL.

Trump previously cited the Eagles' stance against the president insisting players stand for the national anthem as reason for their invitation being revoked.

Former Eagles player Torrey Smith criticized Trump's decision to cancel because he felt the people who wanted to go should have had the opportunity to visit the White House.

The White House on Tuesday hosted a "Celebration of America" event, as the president tweeted that it would honor America and that the National Football League could not "escape" to locker rooms.

"The Eagles wanted to send a smaller delegation, but the 1,000 fans planning to attend the event deserve better", he explained.

After canceling the Eagles' White House visit, President Trump hosted a "Celebration of America" featuring music provided by USA military bands and choruses.

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Instead, Trump will still hold and attend the ceremony, he says, with the invited fans, but will turn the event into a disturbingly nationalistic and militaristic celebration.

It's unclear how many players from the Eagles were actually going to attend the ceremony, but from the sounds of the tweets, it wasn't going to be too many. He added, "staying in the locker room for the playing of our national anthem is as disrespectful to our country as kneeling".

US President Donald Trump has said no to the Eagles.

Shortly after the White House released their statement, Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, who has been at the forefront of the team's off the field efforts, released a statement of his own.

Trump was critical of kneeling players last season, calling them "sons of b--s", during one rally and has made clear his support of the stricter policy. Malcolm Jenkins and Chris Long are two of the more prominent players that won't be there due to their differences with President Donald Trump.


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