Melania Trump makes first public appearance in weeks

Melania Trump

It was a culture war Trump was willing to wage and it largely worked in his favor.

On Tuesday, LeBron James, Stephen Curry and other players on the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors, the teams squaring off in this year's NBA Finals, said they expected that the victor of the series would not attend a White House ceremony. Polls show a plurality of Americans, and large majorities of whites and Republicans, do not support the player protests.

Jenkins had said the day after the Super Bowl he wouldn't go to the White House.

Trump did not mention the Eagles during the event.

"He's basically making a very simple request that when the National Anthem is played at a sporting event, people stand, and people respect that and I know everybody saying but nobody need, nobody - they're obviously are some hurt feelings over the new policy". "I will be there at 3:00 p.m. with the United States Marine Band and the United States Army Chorus to celebrate America".

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There's a lot to digest in this statement, the first being the "they disagree with their President" line. For critics, the decision was the latest step in the president's ongoing effort to politicize the country's most popular sport by stoking a divisive debate about race and patriotism. "You don't need to be out there, you can be in the locker room". Whether it was a gross generalization or flat-out dishonestly, it was wrong for Trump to make that assertion.

Also Wednesday, hockey player Devante Smith-Pelly said he would skip a White House visit if the Washington Capitals win the Stanley Cup. Whether they think he's a racist or a white supremacist or not, they apparently had no interest in doing a photo-op with him. There would potentially have been at most two additional players, for a total of three or fewer, said Garafolo. President Trump has yet to acknowledge the discrepancy in these numbers. Trump's press secretary and lawyer were under fire for falsely saying Trump did not dictate the misleading statement a year ago about a meeting that Trump's son, son-in-law and Manafort had with a Russian lawyer promising "dirt" during the 2016 campaign. The interns, who were not from Pennsylvania and did not talk about the Eagles or the president, received water and tea at the White House, along with souvenir American flags.

But today (June 6), Jenkins put the power of creative protest in display One sign said "YOU AREN'T LISTENING", another said "Chris Long gave his entire year's salary to educational initiatives".

And the Villanova Wildcats - this year's NCAA men's basketball champions, who also won in 2016 and celebrated with President Barack Obama - will have to decide, if an invitation comes, whether to return to Washington for a ceremony with Trump.

Despite being applauded by some, the move has raised concerns among most of Trump's advisers, who believe that commuting Johnson may undermine the administration's hard-on-crime message.

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