Feb 3, 2019

Trump picks Patriots to win Super Bowl

President Donald Trump speaks alongside New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and team members during a White House ceremony for the 2017 Super Bowl champions. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

President Trump picked the New England Patriots to win Sunday's Super Bowl over the Los Angeles Rams in an interview with CBS' "Face the Nation," saying the team has a "very special owner [Robert Kraft] and coach [Bill Belichick] and certainly ... the greatest quarterback [Tom Brady] of all time."

Details: The president has long been a supporter of the Patriots and is friends with Kraft, Belichick and Brady. The Patriots were the first championship team to visit Trump at the White House when the team won the Super Bowl in 2017. Last year, Trump abruptly disinvited Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles for their ceremonial White House visit after many team members said they would not attend.

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