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The Trump presidency on April 18 at 10 p.m. EDT/0200 GMT

The Trump presidency on April 18 at 10 p.m. EDT/0200 GMT The Trump presidency on April 18 at 10 p.m. EDT/0200 GMT
Hilda Schwartz | 20 April, 2017, 09:56

The 12-time Pro Bowler Tom Brady will also not attend Wednesday's call visit to the White House with the rest of the New England Patriots 2016 roster, the quarterback announced.

No word yet on if White House press secretary Sean Spicer will arrange a news conference to dispute the number of Patriots at the ceremony.

"Need some help", Gronkowski asked to a chorus of laughter.

Trump compared the Patriots' record 25-point comeback against the Atlanta Falcons to his defeat of the widely favored Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonTrump draws parallels between Patriots and his White House win Who will replace Chaffetz on Oversight? One of Trump's signature "Make America Great Again" hats was spotted in Brady's locker in 2015.

LeGarrette Blount, Chris Long, Alan Branch, Dont'a Hightower, Martellus Bennett and Devin McCourty all previously said they would not go to the ceremony.

In addition to Brady, Trump is close with Patriots owner Bob Kraft, who has dined with Trump and Japan's prime minister at Mar-a-Lago.

Star quarterback Tom Brady notified the White House that he was dealing with a "personal family matter" and would not attend the ceremony.

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As Spicer was in the middle of a serious conversation with the White House press corps about Trump's decision to direct an interagency review of the Iran nuclear deal, Gronkowski, known to fans simply as "Gronk", stuck his head out from behind a curtain at the front of the room.

For comparison's sake, all but four of the Chicago Cubs attended their White House celebration in the closing days of President Obama's administration earlier this past winter.

"Five Super Bowl victories since 2002, really unbelievable", Trump said.

On a more somber note, there was no mention of former Patriots star Aaron Hernandez, a convicted murder who committed suicide and was found hanging in his jail cell Wednesday morning.

Kraft said he was delighted to be honored by Trump for a remarkable comeback victory that he said echoed the president's own longshot campaign "against 16 career politicians facing odds nearly as long as we faced in the fourth quarter". "I think I've got this", Spicer replied, "But thank you".

Blount voiced a similar concern, telling NFL Network's Rich Eisen in February, "I will NOT be going to the White House".

A handful of other Patriots players had already opted out of the trip, some citing political differences with Trump. "And he started it with his coach, and I want to tell you that is one special man".

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