The Mayor of Philadelphia on Tuesday said he would never visit the White House as long as Mr. Donald J. Trump occupied the residence. Mr. Jim Kenney, a Democrat who on Monday called Mr. Trump a fragile egomaniac due to him disinviting the Philadelphia Eagles to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, then added: “He’s not my president.”
Mr. Kenney and Mr. Trump, while they may have never met, aren’t strangers to one another.
When Mr. Trump visited Philadelphia as a candidate in September of 2016, he incorrectly stated that “crime numbers are up” and asserted that Mr. Kenney, who then was in year one of his four-year term, was doing a “terrible job.” As President, Mr. Trump has taken issue with Philadelphia and other locales declaring themselves sanctuary cities and his Administration aimed to withhold from them law enforcement grants, a measure that a U.S. District Judge in November of 2017 ruled against.
It had appeared that the tensions between the two men were simmering. But the comments made by the mayor both on Monday and Tuesday aren’t likely to sit well with Mr. Trump, a real-estate mogul who often responds aggressively and repeatedly to real or perceived slights, especially those of a personal nature. In fact, Mr. Trump rescinding the invitation he extended to the Philadelphia Eagles is an example of that behavior.
The president’s decision was based on a lack of interest in the invitation and his belief that the Philadelphia Eagles, as a whole team, are against his stance of everyone standing for the national anthem. Mr. Trump positioned himself as victorious in a culture war when the NFL approved a rule which requires all players who are on the field during the playing of the anthem to stand.
To date, no members of the Philadelphia Eagles has ever knelt or stayed back in the locker room, albeit there are at least two players who publicly disagreed with the anthem rule.
Mayor Kenney said it was actually a good thing that players here didn’t visit the White House, given that the majority of the team wasn’t attending and it could’ve caused division in the locker room next season, impeding the road to the Superbowl.
“We would’ve been in a very difficult situation if 10 or 12 members of the team went and the others didn’t.”
Mr. Kenney has been to the White House only once. It was a week before Mr. Barack Obama’s second term ended.
“I couldn’t think of a better family I wanted to meet with… probably the best First Family in our country’s history… and look at what we have now.”
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