Donald Trump claims Robert Kraft called and thanked him for new tax bill
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and President Donald Trump go way back, even if there have been some bumps in the road along the way. And Trump claims Kraft recently called him up to express gratitude over the GOP’s $1.5 trillion tax overhaul, which was signed into law by the President on Friday.
“A friend of mine, Bob Kraft, called me last night he said this tax bill is incredible,” Trump said, via the Boston Globe. “He owns the New England Patriots, but he’s in the paper business and he said based on this tax bill he just wanted to let me know that he’s going to buy a big plant in the great state of North Carolina and he’s going to build a tremendous paper mill there or paper products plant.”
A spokesperson for Kraft was not able to provide immediate comment on Trump’s claim, per the report.
A report surfaced ahead of the NFL season that Kraft gifted Trump a Super Bowl LI ring, which was later confirmed by the Patriots organization. Trump’s ties to the Patriots organization — including links to Kraft, head coach Bill Belichick and Tom Brady — have been well-documented over the years, so it’s hardly surprising Kraft chose to give the President a ring.
That said, it’s not always been rosy between Kraft and Trump, as noted. Kraft was said to be “deeply disappointed by the tone of the comments made by the President” earlier this season about the NFL. The President of course has waged an all-out war with the league in recent months, specifically related to the national anthem controversy.