Sarah Sanders slammed the Philadelphia Eagles Tuesday after President Trump cancelled the Super Bowl champion's visit to the White House.

The president announced that the team will not visit the White House this week to celebrate their title amid the national anthem protest controversy.

The White House press secretary was asked by Fox News Radio White House Correspondent Jon Decker for her reaction to a statement from Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, which said the decision to cancel the event was made "to lie and paint the picture that these players are anti-America, anti-flag and anti-military."

"If this wasn't a political stunt, then [the team] wouldn't have planned to attend the event and then backed out," Sanders said.


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Trump said in a statement the team is “unable” to attend because they don’t share his view that NFL players should “proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our military and the people of our country."

The team reportedly wanted to send a small group of players, as multiple players previously stated they would not attend the ceremony.

"They wouldn't have waited until the very last minute to make these changes if this wasn't about some type of political statement that they were trying to make toward this president," Sanders said.

She added that President Trump has been "completely consistent" in his views regarding national anthem protests.

The White House on Tuesday hosted a "Celebration of America" event, as the president tweeted that it would honor America and that the NFL could not "escape" to locker rooms.


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