Trump set for his first Military-Navy soccer sport as president

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Saturday was a day of politics and soccer for President Donald Trump, who introduced the departure of his chief of workers, nominated a brand new prime army adviser after which threw fist pumps at this yr’s Military-Navy soccer sport.

The commander in chief flew to Philadelphia for the 119th assembly within the storied rivalry between the service academies, and officiated the coin toss at Lincoln Monetary Subject, residence of the Tremendous Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles. Navy referred to as “tails,” and that’s what it was when Trump’s flipped coin landed on the turf. Navy elected to kick off.

Earlier than the sport, parachute jumpers floated onto the sphere — the Military ones displaying the American and repair flags and the Navy ones waving banners that stated “Solid by the Sea” and “Concern the Goat” — a reference to the Navy’s mascot. Cheers rose up from the stands when every landed.

Trump and Protection Secretary James Mattis stood silent throughout an invocation and a second of silence for former President George H.W. Bush, who died not too long ago died at age 94. Trump and Mattis each obtained loud cheers and applause from members of the 2 armed companies. Army jets and helicopters flew overhead, and the groups stormed the sphere to a deafening roar.

Like earlier commanders in chief, Trump switched sides at halftime in a present of impartiality. In the course of the second half, he sat between Vice Adm. Ted Carter Jr. and Richard V. Spencer, secretary of the Navy.

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He sat on the Military aspect first between Mark Esper, the secretary of the Military, and Military Gen. Mark Milley, the present chief of the Military and Trump’s nominee to succeed Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Workers. Trump tweeted the nomination Saturday earlier than he left the White Home.

Because the theme from “Rocky” blared from audio system, Trump greeted troopers and shook arms with Mike Thornton, a retired U.S. Navy Seal and recipient of the Medal of Honor. The primary quarter was barely underway when Military scored the primary landing of the sport, prompting a thumb’s up and fist pumps from the president, who sat on the 50 yard line.

Earlier than he left the White Home, Trump instructed reporters that chief of workers John Kelly would step down at yr’s finish. The president was anticipated to quickly title a substitute, and a White Home official stated Nick Ayers, Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of workers, was Trump’s best choice.

Trump, who noticed the Military-Navy contest in 2016 as president-elect, is the 10th sitting president to go to the sport. President Theodore Roosevelt was the primary, in 1901.

No. 22 Military (9-2) is within the AP Prime 25 for the primary time since 1996. The Black Knights have received seven in a row and have defeated Navy (3-9) two straight years.

The collection started in 1890, and Navy leads 60-51-7.

Trump has made a spate of personnel bulletins. He introduced Friday that he’ll nominate William Barr, who served as lawyer normal below President George H.W. Bush, to the identical function in his administration. Trump additionally introduced that State Division spokeswoman Heather Nauert is his decide to exchange Nikki Haley as the following U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

After the primary of the yr, the Senate Overseas Relations Committee will maintain a affirmation listening to for Nauert, who has been criticized for her skinny diplomatic resume. Sen. James Risch, R-Idaho, who’s in line to be the following chairman of the committee, flew to the sport on Air Drive One together with his spouse, Vicki. Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., additionally was aboard.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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