President Donald Trump will attend the Army-Navy football game Saturday in Philadelphia, the White House told reporters on Wednesday.
Trump attended the game between the two military academies in 2016 as president-elect. He tweeted in 2017 that he would watch the game remotely, thanking the two branches for their service. President Barack Obama attended the game in 2011.
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“Have a great game today, @USArmy and @USNavy – I will be watching,” Trump tweeted on Dec. 9, 2017. “We love our U.S. Military. On behalf of an entire Nation, THANK YOU for your sacrifice and service! #ArmyNavyGame #USA”
The AP was first to report Trump would attend this year.
The game marks the end of the normal football season for the two academies and has become a storied tradition since their first meeting in 1890. Sitting presidents have routinely made appearances at the games, and they traditionally switch sides of the field at halftime.
Trump played football and baseball while a student at the New York Military Academy boarding school, from which he graduated in 1964, the Washington Post has reported.