PHILADELPHIA—During his look at the annual Army-Navy football game, President Donald Trump pitched to the players an administration policy exchange that clears the way for athletes at the nation’s navy academies to play expert sports after they graduate and extend their active-duty service.
To cheers in each locker room before the 120th taking part in of the game, he said he was once giving these athletes with pro conceivable the danger “to make a fortune and after you’re all completed with your professional career, you’ll go and you’ll serve and everybody’s thrilled.”
Turning to Army’s coach, Jeff Monken, the president joked, “It probably offers the educate no motive to ever lose any other game.”
A memo signed in November by using Defense Secretary Mark Esper spelled out the new guidelines. It stated the athletes have to get approval from the Pentagon chief and it requires them to subsequently fulfill their navy duty or repay the fees of their education.
The Obama administration put a policy in area permitting some athletes to go to the pros and defer their navy service.
In the Navy locker room, he congratulated the favored Midshipmen on “a hell of a season,” adding, “You know, it’s solely a magnificent season, you be aware of it has to appear today, in any other case you wouldn’t call it a first-rate season. So you higher go out there and play hard.”
Trump made the day trip to Philadelphia for the second yr in a row for the storied game. Trump, who also went in 2016 as president-elect, is the tenth commander in chief to attend the contest.
In 2016, Army snapped Navy’s 14-game prevailing streak and has won three years in a row. But the Midshipmen entered Saturday’s game as a giant favorite. At 9-2, they ranked 23rd in the nation whilst Army’s Black Knights had a 5-7 record.
Trump used to be accompanied by way of Esper and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley. The president used to be on the field for the coin toss.
The crowd cheered as Trump walked off the area after the countrywide anthem. He put on a red Keep America Great hat.
Trump emerged at some stage in the first half and sat on the Army facet of the field, near the 50-yard line. There have been shouts of “Trump!” and “Let’s go, Trump!” He crossed the area to the Navy facet for the 2d half.
Among the other presidents to attend the Army-Navy recreation are Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Gerald Ford, and John F. Kennedy.