Trump on Pats, 'No team has been good this long'

President Trump holds a New England Patriots jersey presented to him by Patriots coach Bill Belichick (l.) and team owner Bob Kraft (r.).

"It was a complete team effort".

The Patriots, he said, "delivered iconic American sports moments that will last forever" in their comeback from 25 points down to win 34-28 in overtime.

"Good old pundits, boy, they're wrong a lot, aren't they?"

Thirty-four Patriots players attended the ceremony. He posted a wedding photo of his parents on Instagram and wished them a happy anniversary.

Regarding Hernandez, who was found dead in his prison cell early Wednesday, neither Kraft nor Belichick took questions from reporters after the ceremony to share their thoughts. That compares to 36 Patriots players who went to the White House in 2004 and the 27 who attended in 2005.

Jurors in the double-murder trial of ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez have begun their sixth day of deliberations.

During the White House ceremony, Trump praised individual players and their overall performance at the Super Bowl, saying that "everybody played a role and everybody played as champions".

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"I've know him for a long time and he always gives me a call on different types of motivational speeches at different times", Brady said. "As a child growing up, I never would have thought a president would have said my name by any means". They are the Hernandez death of apparent suicide and the Patriots' visit to the White House.

While the day was created to be festive, the Patriots were left to deal with the news that former tight end Aaron Hernandez hanged himself in a prison cell hours before the White House visit, according to MA prison officials.

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Mr Spicer, who was clearly in shock at the National Football League star's sudden appearance, responded with: "I think I got this, but thank you". Star quarterback Tom Brady, who drew controversy over his friendship with Mr Trump, was not in attendance.

"It's a distinct honor for us to celebrate what was unequivocally our sweetest championship with a very good friend and somebody whose mental toughness and strength are greatly admired", Kraft said.

Trump's choice for deputy secretary of commerce, Chicago Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts, has withdrawn his nomination, a source says, amid reports of difficulties untangling his financial holdings to the satisfaction of the government ethics watchdog. Others include the owners of the Houston Texans, the Washington Redskins, the Jacksonville Jaguars and the LA Rams.

The Trump administration denies being misleading about a US carrier strike group's push toward the Korean peninsula, saying it never gave an arrival date and that the ships still are on their way. Others used their absence as an intentional protest, voicing opposition to the administration.

"I've had the great privileged to be here several times, but this one, th way we were treated the opportunity to be in the Oval Office and be with the President, and see the inside of the White House, has just been fabulous", Belichick said of Wednesday's visit.

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