Tight End Martellus Bennett told reporters after the Super Bowl: "It is what it is". No-shows from this year's Super Bowl-winning football team included quarterback Tom Brady and wide receiver Danny Amendola.
The president borrowed a line from Patriots' head coach Bill Belichick to compare the heavy lifting he's trying to do as president to that of winning a Super Bowl.
The White House celebrations were overshadowed by the suicide of the Patriots former star Aaron Hernandez, who hanged himself on Wednesday in a prison cell where he was serving a life sentence for murder, prison officials said.
New England Patriots celebrated their Super Bowl 2017 win with President Donald Trump at the White House on April 19th, 2017.
Bundchen has in the past expressed her displeasure with Trump - unlike her husband, Brady, who has been friends with the real estate mogul-turned-president for years.
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A visit to the White House is one of the greatest honors bestowed upon today's athletes.
Australia and New Zealand dairy industry leaders say they would support US moves to draw the World Trade Organization into a trade dispute with Canada, after Trump said existing rules were unfair.
Gronkowski and members of the New England Patriots were at the White House to be honoured for their win in the Super Bowl LI earlier this year.
Spicer, a well-documented Patriots fan, replied with a smile: "I think I got this but thank you".
"On his Instagram account (above), Brady posted his parents" wedding photo on their 48th anniversary.
Their remarks on Wednesday were limited to the ceremony, in which Kraft said, "It's a distinct honor for us to celebrate what was unequivocally our sweetest championship with a very good friend and somebody whose mental toughness and strength I greatly admire". Some noted their differences with the Republican administration, though others did not an issue a reason for their absence.
"I've know him for a long time and he always gives me a call on different types of motivational speeches at different times", Brady said. He cited a "family commitment" at the time, but there was speculation he declined because of some unflattering comments a spokesman for President Barack Obama made about the "Deflategate" scandal.