President Donald Trump reminded the nation on Saturday of how much he appreciates our United States military by attending the Army-Navy football game — and when it came to the coin toss, he did the honors.
The president arrived for the game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Saturday afternoon, tweeting about his excitement for the event before he landed. Once on the ground, he spent some time greeting supporters.
Great honor to be headed to the Army-Navy game today. Will be there shortly, landing now! pic.twitter.com/ByAfESq8aS
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 8, 2018
President Trump greets supporters after landing in Philadelphia for the Army-Navy game. pic.twitter.com/7rpY5Xb6hR
— KHolmes (@DailyK) December 8, 2018
At the stadium, President Trump kicked off the game by handling the coin toss, after which the crowd erupted into cheers.
Watch the coin toss below:
Trump with the coin toss for the Army-Navy game pic.twitter.com/anjgKQNuPd
— #FreePhillipDorsett (@ftbeard_17) December 8, 2018
In a statement, West Point said it was an “honor” to have the Commander in Chief present:
“It’s an honor to have the president in attendance as the nation watches these men fight one another with every ounce of their being on the field, but when it’s all said and done, they will combine to form one of the most powerful fighting forces known to mankind – the U.S. Armed Forces.”
President Trump attended the game alongside Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and both the incoming and outgoing Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
The incoming (Gen. Milley) and outgoing (Gen. Dunford) Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff are joining President Trump for today's Army-Navy game.
Also with POTUS? Pompeo (Army), Mattis (Navy), and Zinke (Navy)
— Meridith McGraw (@meridithmcgraw) December 8, 2018
President Donald Trump and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis moments before the coin flip at the Army-Navy game. pic.twitter.com/1oA9W9Ttqa
— David Hookstead (@dhookstead) December 8, 2018
It was the president’s second time attending the annual game, although just his first as since taking office. He attended the game back in 2016 when he was then president-elect — the same year former President Barack Obama missed his last chance to attend.