Trump calls off Eagles’ visit to White House, escalating fight over national anthem

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Philadelphia Eagles, Super Bowl champions, ‘unable to come to White House’ amid ongoing tensions as players protest racial inequality

Donald Trump has disinvited the Philadelphia Eagles, the 2018 Super Bowl winners, from a planned White House celebration, escalating his clash with American athletes over protests during the national anthem.

The football team was “unable to come to the White House” on Tuesday, he said in a statement released late on Monday night, adding: “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.”

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Written by Sam Levin in Oakland, California and Lauren Gambino in Washington
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Trump calls off Eagles’ visit to White House, escalating fight over national anthem

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