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President Trump attended the 120th Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia on Saturday for the third time, where he told players they can play professional football after graduation under a new waiver for service academy athletes.

Trump stopped at the locker rooms of both the Army Black Knights, who were 5-7 heading into the game, and the Navy Midshipmen, with a record of 9-2, to wish the teams good luck and announce that their service could be delayed to play in the NFL.

“So what we’re doing now is you’ll go out and you’ll make a fortune,” Trump said in the Army locker room. “And after you are all finished with your professional career, you’ll go and you’ll serve. And everybody’s thrilled.”

President Donald Trump greets the Navy football team in Philadelphia, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, before the Army-Navy college football game. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Trump was flanked by Defense Secretary Mark Esper, who confirmed that players from the service academies will have a waiver from their duties if they go on to play professional sports.

“We have changed that policy,” Esper said.

President Donald Trump shakes hands with Army player Cole Christiansen in Philadelphia, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, before the Army-Navy college football game. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

The president also participated in the coin toss before the start of the game.

President Donald Trump throws the coin before the start of the Army-Navy college football game in Philadelphia, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Trump gave the teams a pep talk before the game and participated in the opening ceremonies at Lincoln Financial Field. He wore his signature red Keep America Great cap on the rainy field and got a warm welcome from the crowd.

Crowds broke out into chants of “Trump” and “commander in chief” at various points of the game. Not to show any bias, Trump started the game on the Army side of the field, sitting with Esper, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley.

Then at halftime, Trump crossed the field to the Navy side and was met with more cheers. He was joined by Acting Secretary of Navy Thomas Modly and Superintendent of the Naval Academy Vice Adm. Sean Buck. Trump and the crowds looked up to admire five Black Hawk helicopters that flew over the stadium.

Navy parachuters presented Trump with the game ball. He left the game to chants of “We love you!”

Trump attended the annual rivalry game last year and as president-elect in 2016.

Saturday’s game marks the 120th time the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, in New York, and United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., have played each other in the historic football rivarly.

Army has won the last three consecutive games, but Navy leads the series overall: 60-52-7.

Also in attendance on Saturday was Sully, the famous service dog of the late President George H.W. Bush.

  • James says:

    Do not agree with the “waiver”! These young people that choose to go into “professional sports” just had their “higher education” paid for by the U.S. Taxpayer and now those that take advantage of the “waiver” will go on to possibly make millions in professional sports. Yes, they MUST serve their “time” at a later date but by then those that were “drafted” will be to old or maybe injured to be of any use to the respective services except for a “desk job”. How are the taxpayers supposed to recover the funds?

    BAD DECISION MR. PRESIDENT!!!! Now, for all you people out there that believe I am “knocking”the military, I am not. I just believe that they ALL signed a contract to attend West Point, Annapolis or the Air Force Academy and knew of the obligated service requirement BEFORE signing. NO ONE TWISTED THEIR COLLECTIVE ARMS!!!!!

  • Mary says:

    This is the sign of a loved President unlike the hate that the Democrats are trying to tell this country.

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