Tom Brady jokes with Biden in White House over Trump’s false election claims
WASHINGTON, July 20 (Reuters) – American football legend and longtime friend of Donald Trump’s Tom Brady gently teased the former president and his false allegations of voter fraud during a visit to the White House on Tuesday.
The 43-year-old quarterback joined the rest of his Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the White House on Tuesday to celebrate their Super Bowl victory with President Joe Biden.
Dressed in a dark suit and sunglasses, Brady stood nearby as Biden greeted the team that beat the Kansas City Chiefs in the Super Bowl on February 7, his first with Tampa Bay after winning six. for the New England Patriots. Read more
Brady went to the pulpit and joked about Trump’s baseless allegations of voter fraud, which convinced many Republicans that Biden didn’t win the election, and his description of Biden as “Sleepy Joe,” not to mention Trump. by name.
Brady said his team’s performance took off after starting the NFL season last year with a lukewarm 7-5 record.
“We found our rhythm, we started off on a roll,” Brady said. “Not many people, you know, think we could have won. About 40% of people still don’t think we won.”
“Do you understand that, Mr. President?” Brady asked Biden.
“I understand that,” Biden said with a laugh.
“And personally, it’s good for me to be back here. We had a game in Chicago where I forgot what it was. I lost track of a down in 21 years of playing. . And they started calling me “Sleepy Tom.” Why would they do that to me? ” Brady smirked, laughing.
The team gave Biden a Tampa Bay jersey emblazoned with the number 46 because Biden is the 46th president.
Brady had a top-down friendship with Trump, apparently supporting him for the 2016 election, but at odds with his 2017 review NFL players for kneeling during the national anthem, among other things.
The Bucs’ visit was the first time the defending Super Bowl champions have been in the White House since 2017, as Biden pushes to unite America after a divisive election.
Edward Glazer, co-chair of the Buccaneers and a major fundraiser for Trump, also attended the event.
Reporting by Nandita Bose, Jeff Mason, Doina Chiacu and Susan Heavey; Written by Steve Holland; Editing by Heather Timmons and Lisa Shumaker
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