Melania Trump Makes Her First Public Appearance in Several Weeks

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Eagles coach Doug Pederson said he was looking forward to going to the White House to be recognized as Super Bowl champions but he wouldn't further discuss a visit that was canceled by President Donald Trump.

Eagles Tight end Zach Ertz wore a Team USA soccer jersey while answering questions and said he's "proud to be an American".

It was her first appearance away from the White House since she and the president traveled to Joint Base Andrews to welcome home three Americans who had been released from detention in North Korea.

"I think it's a little bit disappointing right now that this country that we're so divided", Kelce said.

The Eagles were going to send only a small contingent of players to the event, ESPN reported.

To be fair, nobody crowded around Qualls' locker - he's a reserve defensive tackle jostling for a roster spot.

This isn't the first time Trump has "uninvited" a team to the White House.

There was at least one common theme - a united front.

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"They reported everything from near death, to facelift, to left the WH (and me) for NY or Virginia, to abuse", the President said.

The national anthem debate is one Trump gleefully delights in because he believes it wins him support with a large portion of his voting base. I think that's important. None of the Eagles players knelt during the anthem at any point last season. Trump has often blasted the NFL players who have kneeled for the national anthem, a protest that started in 2016 when San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick did so to raise awareness of racism - more specifically, the killing of black men by police.

"I'm not going to touch on it", Kelce said.

Late Monday night, the Eagles issued a statement that made no mention of the White House. "In other words, the vast majority of the Eagles team chose to abandon their fans".

Minutes before Tuesday's replacement event, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders accused the Eagles of preforming a "political stunt" by boycotting the celebration before Trump even considered cancelling it, according to the New York Times.

"What you've seen and what you've heard is enough, and I'm not discussing it", Pederson said. And Philadelphia players criticized the NFL's new policy that requires them to stand during the national anthem if they're on the field.

According to White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House made a decision to call off the event because there was a belief inside the administration that the Eagles were trying to pull some kind of "political stunt".