The New England Patriots are the professional sports team most closely associated with President Donald Trump, so it was fitting that they were the first championship team to visit Trump in the White House.
Many of them visited on Wednesday, anyway. Many others skipped the trip.
Perhaps the most awkward moment of a fairly routine speech by a president to a winning team ? including owner Robert Kraft presenting Trump with a No. 45 Patriots jersey and coach Bill Belichick giving him a helmet ? came when Trump mentioned receiver Danny Amendola for his fourth-down catch in Super Bowl LI. Amendola was one of the players who skipped the trip.
?The fourth-down conversion conversion by Danny Amendola, where is Danny?? Trump said, looking back to the players behind him for Amendola before apparently being told Amendola wasn?t there. ?Way to go, Danny.?
Trump seemed to go out of his way to avoid mentioning players who weren?t on the White House trip, which made the Amendola moment stand out.