Brady's White House Absence Questioned After Gisele Deletes Tweet

Brady's White House Absence Questioned After Gisele Deletes Tweet

U.S. President Donald Trump poses for photographs with the New England Patriots during a celebration of the team's Super Bowl victory on the South Lawn at the White House.

The Patriots official account first responded to the Times on Wednesday, posting "These photos lack context".

"Failing @nytimes, which has been calling me wrong for two years, just got caught in a big lie concerning New England Patriots visit to W.H.", Trump tweeted. "In 2015, over 40 football staff were on the stairs".

As we can see above, a similar pattern emerged in 2004 and 2005 when substantially fewer players showed up to the White House as compared to the 2002 visit following the franchise's first Super Bowl win. "In 2017, they were seated on the South Lawn".

Trump claimed he saw a crowd that "looked like a million and a half people" and White House spokesman Sean Spicer claimed the "dishonest" media framed the photos to make the president's crowd look smaller. They also chalked the lower player attendance up to the fact that they have won two Super Bowls in three years, noting that less players came the last time the team won a second championship in three seasons, too.

Notable by his absence was Tom Brady, the Super Bowl MVP and President Trump's longtime pal who released a last-minute statement that he was unable to attend because of unspecified family reasons.

But the celebrity web side reported Trump felt "betrayed" by Brady's absence, and made no mention of him at the White House event.

Meanwhile, Trump opted to maintain his love/hate relationship with his hometown newspaper - while he loves to describe The New York Times as "failing", he also gives them a steady stream of interviews and scoops.

The New England Patriots' rivalry with NY has spilled into politics. "James said, however, that the size of the Patriots' full delegation for each trip to the White House has been roughly the same".

The Times tweeted an update saying that the Pats told them fewer players attended this year, but the total delegation was about the same.