Trump pokes fun at pundits during Patriots' visit

Sports | 21 Apr 2017

US President Donald Trump was among friends yesterday as he welcomed the Super Bowl-winning New England Patriots team to the White House, though the absence of star quarterback Tom Brady was glossed over.

Trump made no mention of Brady - a friend and golfing buddy - during his remarks outside the White House, instead focusing on his warm relationships with Patriots owner Robert Kraft and coach Bill Belichick.

Noting that "pundits" had given the Patriots up for dead in February's Super Bowl against the Atlanta Falcons - only to watch them snatch victory from the jaws of defeat at the last minute - Trump quipped: "Good old pundits, boy, they are wrong a lot, aren't they?" He called the Patriots' 34-28 overtime win "the greatest Super Bowl comeback of all time."

Brady was a late absentee. The player, who is married to supermodel Gisele Bundchen, said he had "personal family matters" to attend to.

A handful of other Patriots players had already opted out, some citing political differences with Trump.

The visit happened hours after convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez, a former Patriots star, was found dead after hanging himself in his jail cell.


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