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Eagles players preparing to take the field. Photo: Steve Dykes/Getty Images

The White House accused Philadelphia Eagles players of abandoning a "vast majority" of their fans in a statement from Press Secretary Sarah Sanders Tuesday, after the team notified them a "tiny handful" of representatives would not make the White House visit.

Why it matters: This is the latest example of President Trump lashing out at an NFL organization for protesting on the field. Last night, Trump announced that the Eagles would not be attending the traditional Super Bowl celebration because they "disagree" with his insistence that players stand for the national anthem.

  • The details: Sanders said in the statement that 1,000 fans were initially scheduled to attend the Eagles' celebration, along with 81 individuals from the team. Now the White House plans to "celebrate America" instead.

This is the second team Trump has disinvited to the White House. In September, he revoked an invitation to the Golden State Warriors after some players and coaches spoke against the administration.

Timing: All of this comes less than two weeks after the NFL announced a new policy requiring players on the field to stand while the national anthem is played.

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Brazil begins distributing AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine

Containers carrying doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine arrive in Brazil. Photo: Maurio Pimentel/AFP via Getty Images

Brazil on Saturday began distributing the 2 million doses of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine that arrived from India Friday, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: Brazil has the third highest COVID-19 case-count in the world, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The 2 million doses "only scratch the surface of the shortfall," Brazilian public health experts told the AP.

Sullivan speaks with Israel's national security adviser for the first time

Israeli national security adviser Meir Ben Shabbat U.S. Photo: Mazen Mahdi/Getty Images. U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan. Photo: Chandan Khanna/Getty Images

U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan spoke on the phone Saturday with his Israeli counterpart Meir Ben Shabbat, Israeli officials tell Axios.

Why it matters: This is the first contact between the Biden White House and Israeli prime minister's office. During the transition, the Biden team refrained from speaking to foreign governments.

Biden speaks to Mexican president about reversing Trump's "draconian immigration policies"

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Ismael Rosas/Eyepix Group/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

President Biden told his Mexican counterpart, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, on a phone call Friday that he plans to reverse former President Trump’s “draconian immigration policies.”

The big picture: The Biden administration has already started repealing several of Trump’s immigration policies, including ordering a 100-day freeze on deporting many unauthorized immigrants, halting work on the southern border wall, and reversing plans to exclude undocumented people from being included in the 2020 census.