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Mike Huckabee: Trump Could Have Showered Eagles With Kindness, WH Gifts

Mike Huckabee: Trump Could Have Showered Eagles With Kindness, WH Gifts

By    |   Tuesday, 05 June 2018 01:30 PM

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee offered an interesting solution to the debacle involving the Philadelphia Eagles and their canceled White House ceremony: shower them with kindness and gifts.

Huckabee appeared on Tuesday's "Outnumbered" program on Fox News and said President Donald Trump could have welcomed the handful of Eagles players who might have showed up to celebrate their Super Bowl championship with open arms.

"I think the more pleasant thing to do would have been to make sure that you go ahead and have the event, have four or five players, and you treat them as if it was an official state visit," Huckabee said. "You give them such an experience that they go and tell the others. Do the unexpected.

"The one thing nobody expected Donald Trump to do would be to welcome them in, show them the private quarters, give them a bunch of White House swag, hug them, give them the greatest day of their lives."

Trump canceled the ceremony after many of the Eagles players said they would not attend in protest. Trump has sparred with the NFL and its players over the National Anthem controversy, in which some players took a knee during the playing of the song before games.

After Trump criticized players for taking a knee last fall, league-wide protests erupted.

The White House issued a statement midday Tuesday that tried to clarify the situation around the canceled event, which will be replaced with a patriotic-themed celebration on the White House lawn at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in the statement the Eagles were originally going to send 81 coaches and staff members, along with 1,000 fans. On the evening of June 1, the team asked the White House if it could reschedule the event since many of the players were not planning to attend.

"The president, however, had already announced that he would be traveling overseas on the dates the Eagles proposed," Sanders said. "The White House, despite sensing a lack of good faith, nonetheless attempted to work with the Eagles over the weekend to change the event format that could accommodate a smaller group of players.

"Unfortunately, the Eagles offered to send only a tiny handful of representatives, while making clear that the great majority of players would not attend the event, despite planning to be in D.C. today. In other words, the vast majority of the Eagles team decided to abandon their fans."

Huckabee closed the "Outnumbered" segment by suggesting that it might be time to do away with White House visits by championship-winning teams because things are getting too political.

Former President Ronald "Reagan started it and it was sort of a goodwill when he would do it," Huckabee said. "But frankly, it's become such a point of tension that sports and music ought to be points of entertainment and escapism from all of these political things, it shouldn't add to the drama."

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Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee offered an interesting solution to the debacle involving the Philadelphia Eagles and their canceled White House ceremony: shower them with kindness and gifts.
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