Donald Trump lavishes praise upon Patriots ahead of Super Bowl LIII
President Donald Trump has strong ties to the New England Patriots organization, so it should come as no surprise that he lavished praise upon the Super Bowl LIII-bound team.
Trump’s relationship with the figureheads of the Patriots — Robert Kraft, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady — goes back years. During an interview this week with the Daily Caller, Trump made sure to make note of those bonds.
“So, it’s talent, it’s chemistry — they have a great chemistry with each other — I mean, I like all three of them, as you know, I’m a very good friend with them,” Trump said. “Coach Belichick endorsed me, you remember that?
“Belichick is so tough and Kraft is a great guy,” Trump continued. “The three of them they just have — how good was Brady, I mean, the last game? Not the last game, the last two games. Brady plays better under pressure than he does in a regular game. I mean, that last two minutes, the way he was throwing the ball down the field — they were bullets.”
Trump’s friendship with the Patriots’ Big Three goes back years. He even voiced his support for Brady back in 2015 amid the Deflategate saga. Still, Trump’s relationship with the Patriots quarterback was said to be strained, with the President allegedly upset over how Brady “distanced himself” in recent years.
Trump also appointed Belichick to a sports council last year.
Trump, a close confidant of Kraft, is believed to have called the Patriots owner weekly for a year following his wife’s death. That gesture was reciprocated by Kraft giving Trump a Super Bowl ring back in 2017.
It was later learned that Kraft awarded the President with a ring due in part to the fact that the Patriots were the first team to visit the Trump White House, an appearance that became the source of some controversy.
Despite Trump’s frosty relationship with the NFL, he will be a presence on the league’s biggest day of the year, as CBS is slated to air an interview with the President as part of the network’s Super Bowl LIII pregame coverage.