Trump Heads to Army-Navy Game

Likely the first president-elect who will attend the annual football contest

For a president-elect who is assembling one of the most military-heavy Cabinets in recent memory, it is, perhaps, fitting that Donald Trump will be attending the annual Army-Navy football game Saturday.

When he arrives in Baltimore, he might be the first president-elect to see the game.

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“But in keeping with a time-honored tradition, he will spend half of the game on the Army side and then half on the Navy side, who will win their 15th straight game, I’m sure,” Republican National Committee Communications Director Sean Spicer told reporters on a conference call, acknowledging his pro-Navy bias.

Trump’s nominee for defense secretary, James “Mad Dog” Mattis, is a big fan of the game.

“Army-Navy games are an annual pilgrimage for the last eight years for me,” he said, according to Gateway Pundit. “It is an awe-inspiring experience, full of pageantry, flyovers, and a stadium filled with Americans who aren’t afraid to belt out our anthem and, like me, shed a tear or two as the gravity of the choices our midshipmen and xadets have made truly hit home.”

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According to The Washington Post, Theodore Roosevelt was the first president to attend the game, in 1901. He took a special train to Philadelphia and left the private box minutes into the game to join Navy on the sideline. At halftime, he switched sides.

John F. Kennedy was the last president to attend the contest in consecutive years, according to The Post. George W. Bush was the last president to attend multiple games, going three different times. President Obama has been there once, attending in 2011, along with Vice President Joe Biden.

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