"We will continue to fight for impacted citizens and give a voice to those who never had one". Melania Trump underwent a surgical procedure on May 14 to treat a benign kidney condition which the White House said was successful.
The First Lady appeared with the US President at an event in Washington today - her first time outside the White House since May 10.
Trump added, "we stand to honor our fellow citizens, and our magnificent Constitution", overlooking, perhaps, the First Amendment which protects various rights associated with protesting.
The team was supposed to meet Trump Tuesday. "The 1,000 fans planning to attend the event deserve better", he wrote.
In her daily briefing, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders criticised the Eagles.
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Trump suggested the team had wanted to "send a smaller delegation" but on behalf of the fans, he said he found the idea offensive.
Below is the full White House statement. He declined to provide information on how things escalated to the White House accusing players of abandoning their fans by deciding to not attend.
Last season, some National Football League players took a knee during the anthem to protest police shootings of unarmed black men, sparking a controversy.
Republican U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta of Pennsylvania planned to attend a White House ceremony Tuesday without the Super Bowl-winning Philadelphia Eagles after President Donald Trump canceled their visit, but Democratic U.S. Sen.
Trump created an uproar from players in 2017 with comments objecting to player protests during the anthem, saying players who kneel during the anthem should be fired.
On Monday night, Trump tweeted that after being invited to the White House, "only a small number of players made a decision to come and we canceled the event".