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US President Donald Trump receives rousing welcome from crowd at 120th Army-Navy game

22:41  14 december  2019
22:41  14 december  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

Trump to attend Saturday’s Army-Navy game in Philadelphia

  Trump to attend Saturday’s Army-Navy game in Philadelphia President Donald Trump will travel to Philadelphia to attend the Army-Navy game at Lincoln Financial Field for the second year in the row. It is not yet known if he will officiate at the coin toss as he did last year. This will be Trump’s third Army-Navy Game. He attended his first in Baltimore as president elect in 2016. He is the 10th president, starting with President Theodore Roosevelt, to attend the annual rivalry game, now in its 120th year between the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., and the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.Tradition calls for the president to sit for one half with the Army and the other half with Navy.

PHILADELPHIA – President Donald Trump participated in the coin toss at the 120th Army-Navy football game at Lincoln Financial Field to a round of applause  from the crowd Saturday.

President Donald Trump throws the coin before the start of the Army-Navy college football game in Philadelphia on Dec. 14, 2019.© ASSOCIATED PRESS President Donald Trump throws the coin before the start of the Army-Navy college football game in Philadelphia on Dec. 14, 2019.

The president stood on the field with representatives from both service academies during the national anthem and then walked to midfield, waving at supporters on his way. Trump  stood on the Navy sideline, wearing his red cap, as the team ran onto the field before kickoff.

Trump walked out to midfield for the coin toss, with security personnel roping off the area. Trump was introduced to a round of applause from the crowd and tossed the coin.

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Navy called tails and won the toss.

Trump posted about attending the game on his Twitter account while en route to Philadelphia. This was Trump's third appearance at an Army-Navy game, the first coming when he was president-elect. He is one of 10 sitting presidents to attend the game.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: An Army cadet holds up the head of the Navy mascot.© Matt Slocum, AP An Army cadet holds up the head of the Navy mascot.

Before the game, according to the official pool report, Trump went to the Army locker room before the game, shaking hands with players and slapping them on the shoulder pads as they lined up and walked past him. Boom microphones picked him up telling players to “have a good game” and “have a good one.”

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Trump addressed the Army team after being introduced by Defense Secretary Mark Esper. The president talked about his new policy that allows athletes at the service academies to play professionally before fulfilling their service commitments. Trump said "everybody is thrilled" with the policy.

Trump then went to the Navy locker room, where he also talked about the new policy. He also saluted the Midshipmen for their season and said they need to cap it with a victory over Army: “It has to happen today,” he told the team.

Air Force One landed just before 2 p.m. at Philadelphia International Airport, according to the pool report. Trump disembarked at 2:17 and gave a fist pump to cheering supporters. The motorcade arrived under a misting, light rainfall at Lincoln Financial Field at 2:32.

About 22 minutes before kickoff, Trump appeared on the stadium’s video screens signing a commemorative football in the Oval Office and passing it off camera.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: President Donald Trump receives rousing welcome from crowd at 120th Army-Navy game

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