White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders released a lengthy statement Tuesday detailing the President’s decision to cancel his scheduled event with the Philadelphia Eagles; saying the NFL team had “abandoned their fans.”
Sanders published the White House’s official response just hours after the President ditched the ceremony over the athletes’ refusal to remain standing during the performance of the US national anthem, saying they would be unable to “hide in the locker room” during the event.
“On Thursday, May 31, the team notified the White House of 81 individuals, including players, coaches, management, and support personnel, who would attend the event. On Friday, the Secret Service cleared them for participation. These individuals, along with more than 1,000 Eagles fans, were scheduled to attend the event,” said Sanders.
“Unfortunately, the Eagles offered to send only a tiny handful of representatives, while making clear that the great majority of players would not attend the event, despite planning to be in D.C. today. In other words, the vast majority of the Eagles team decided to abandon their fans,” she added.