Opinion: President Trump made the right decision to cancel event with Philadelphia Eagles

(MGN Online)

WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - This week at the White House, the president chose to celebrate America instead of the Super Bowl champions, the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Eagles were supposed to be there but reportedly tried to change the date of their visit at the last minute. According to reports, they wanted to come next week while the president will be in Singapore pressuring North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un to denuclearize. Their other idea was reported to be for the Eagles to send a handful of players and team officials along with the mascot, "Swoop," to the White House.

I see these moves as ways to try to embarrass the president and make a mockery out of a traditional visit to the White House. Many of the Eagles’ players have been outspoken critics of the president’s stance that players should stand for our national anthem.

Players absolutely have the right to skip these ceremonies. However, they are missing an opportunity to express their views to the president directly and bring civil discourse and solutions to the table.

Here’s the bottom line: the president took a much-needed stand on behalf of the men and women who have served and sacrificed for our right to fly the American flag and recite our national anthem. The National Football League continues to draw attention to the embarrassing sideshow that is the player kneeling controversy. At the end of the day, this pattern hurts the NFL product and its fans and it benefits President Trump with the overwhelmingly patriotic majority of our country.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.

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