Trump Receives Stadium-Wide Applause As Navy Beats Army For Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy

President Trump visited his second Army-Navy game on Saturday where he was warmly received by the crowd consisting of mostly military members and their families.

Ahead of the game, the president met each of the team’s players in the locker rooms where he announced his administration was working on a new deferment policy. The policy would allow military service members to defer their military service in pursuit of professional sporting careers. The military service member would then be required to return to their military service.

ABC News reports:

President Donald Trump used his appearance at the annual Army-Navy football game to pitch to the players an administration policy change that clears the way for athletes at the nation’s military academies to play professional sports after they graduate and delay their active-duty service.

To cheers in each locker room before the 120th playing of the game, he said he was giving those athletes with pro potential the chance “to make a fortune and after you’re all finished with your professional career, you’ll go and you’ll serve and everybody’s thrilled.”

President Trump also applauded the Navy team on “a hell of a season” but encouraged them not to let their guards down in their final game: “You know, it’s only a great season, you know it has to happen today, otherwise you wouldn’t call it a great season. So you better go out there and play hard.”

Donning his 2020 campaign “Keep America Great” red cap, the president took to the field for the National Anthem and the official coin toss. Trump was joined by Defense Secretary Mark Esper and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley.

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From the report:

Trump emerged during the first half and sat on the Army side of the field, near the 50-yard line. There were sporadic shouts of “Trump!” and “Let’s go Trump!” He crossed the field to the Navy side for the second half and left in the third quarter to return to Washington for an evening fundraiser at his hotel.

The stadium roared in support of the president throughout his time on the field and again when he was shown on screen while in a press box. Watch the stadium’s excitement below:

The Navy Midshipmen led the contest at halftime, 14 to 7, scoring three more times before winning the game. The game ended with a score of 31 to 7 and saw the Midshipmen reclaim the Commander-in-Chief’s trophy from their Army Black Knights rivals for the first time since 2015.

“In 2016, Army snapped Navy’s 14-game winning streak and has won three years in a row,” ABC News adds.