Philadelphia mayor, U.S. Senator invite Eagles to celebrate after White House cancels

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Donald Trump gave the <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nfl/teams/phi" data-ylk="slk:Eagles">Eagles</a> less than 24 hours notice in canceling their White House visit, prompting invitations from Pennsylvania public servants. (AP)
Donald Trump gave the Eagles less than 24 hours notice in canceling their White House visit, prompting invitations from Pennsylvania public servants. (AP)

After President Donald Trump proved to be a boorish, inconsiderate host on Monday, a pair of Pennsylvania public servants stepped in to offer the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles a place to celebrate.

Trump gives last-minute notice to cancel on Eagles

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The White House issued a statement Monday canceling a planned visit from the Eagles for a customary Super Bowl ceremony with the President because some players disagree with his stance on protesting during the national anthem.

“They disagree with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our military and the people of our country,” the statement reads. “The Eagles wanted to send a smaller delegation, but the 1,000 fans planning to attend the event deserve better.”

The ceremony was scheduled for Tuesday. While several Eagles players had planned not to attend, owner Jeffrey Lurie and a contingent of Eagles were presumably packing their bags to be in Washington in a few short hours.

Bob Casey, Jim Kenney offer White House alternatives

With Trump offering less notice than is customary to avoid a cancellation fee at a doctor’s office, U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania Bob Casey offered the Eagles an alternative Washington D.C. experience on Tuesday.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kinney took a more pointed stance, inviting the team to City Hall while honing in on Trump’s obsession with crowd size and public perception.

“Disinviting them from the White House only proves that our President is not a true patriot, but a fragile egomaniac obsessed with crowd size and afraid of the embarrassment of throwing a party to which no one wants to attend,” Kenney’s statement reads.

So how do you really feel, Mayor Kenney?

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