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Jake Tapper Just Exposed Donald Trump's Excuse for Cancelling the Philadelphia Eagles Event as a Total Lie

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 01: US President Donald Trump speaks to the press outside the Oval Office of the White House on June 1, 2018 in Washington, DC. Both Trump and Kim Yong Chol are trying to salvage a recently canceled historic summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un scheduled for June 12. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)

On Monday, President Donald Trump announced via Twitter that an event scheduled at the White House with himself and the Eagles was canceled because "only a small number of players decided to come."

Trump then accused the team of "staying in the locker room" during the national anthem, which the president said is "as disrespectful to our country as kneeling."


Early Tuesday morning, CNN's Jake Tapper tweeted that "sources tell me ZERO members of the Super Bowl-winning" Philadelphia Eagles "ever took a knee or stayed in the locker room during the national anthem," which punches a large hole in the narrative being spun by Trump.

Trump is, essentially, undermining his own position on the NFL-national anthem issue. His administration pressured the NFL to institute a new policy last month requiring players to stand for the national anthem or remain in the locker room.

Three-quarters of the Eagles team reportedly planned to skip the event over disagreements surrounding the NFL's new policy. The issue came to a head last fall when Trump got angry at football players who kneeled to protest police brutality toward people of color.

The NFL Players Association also issued a blistering rebuke of Trump, tweeting on Tuesday morning, "our union is disappointed in the decision" to "disinvite" players. "NFL players love their country, support our troops, give back to their communities,  and strive to make America a better place."

CNN's Kaitlan Collins reported that Trump "was infuriated" when he found out most of the team planned on skipping the event.

Later Tuesday morning, the president tweeted that an event with "wonderful music celebrating our country" would still take place at 3 PM Tuesday.

In May, Trump told Brian Kilmeade of Fox News that players who don't stand should be asked to leave the country.

You have to stand proudly for the national anthem or you shouldn’t be playing. You shouldn’t be there. Maybe you shouldn’t be in the country.

And last October, Trump tweeted that NFL players who kneel during the national anthem were "showing total disrespect to our flag and country."

Others have accused Trump of being a "divider," to the point of turning Americans against each other over sports.

“This is a divider,” Julian Zelizer, a political historian at Princeton University, said in a phone interview Monday night. “He’s a polarizing president and he likes to find points of contention and he likes to make them worse. Politically, he sees a logic to it.”

Democratic Congressman Brendan Boyle, who represents Philadelphia, said Trump “has now ruined this American tradition" with his divisive rhetoric and forced patriotism.

Others on Twitter were also highly critical of the president. Many people pounced on the opportunity to remind Trump that freedom of speech includes the right to take a knee.