Trump greeted like rock star as thunderous cheers rain down on him at Army-Navy game

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Cadets cheered and applauded for President Trump at the 2019 Army-Navy football game. (screenshot)

President Donald Trump was greeted like a rock star at the 2019 Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia on Saturday.

Raucous cheers and applause rained down on the commander-in-chief of the U.S. Armed Forces from cadets of West Point military academy and their rivals from the U.S. Naval Academy.

Fired-up patriots in the crowds chanted “USA! USA!,” “Commander-in-Chief” and “Trump! Trump!” at various points during the game.

Also joining President Trump at the annual Army-Navy game were Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (both of whom graduated from West Point).

Before the game, President Trump visited both locker rooms, where he shook hands with players and wished them a good game.

Trump also unveiled an executive order that would allow football players at U.S. military academies to go directly to the NFL after they graduate and defer their military service. Right now, athletes must first complete their service before they can play pro football.

President Trump explained his executive order in the Army locker room in the way that only Trump can:  “So what we’re doing now is you’ll go out and you’ll make a fortune! And after you’re all finished with your professional career, you’ll go and you’ll serve. And everybody’s thrilled.”

After the game, President Trump tweeted:  “It was my Great Honor to attend the 120th Army-Navy game today in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania! Incredible young, strong and brilliant people. Army/Navy!”

(Source: White House)

Unlike at NFL games where unpatriotic athletes refuse to stand for our national anthem, the enthusiastic crowd at the Army-Navy game unanimously showed their respect for the Star-Spangled Banner.

“It will give you chills,” one person tweeted. “God bless America. And God bless the young, kick*ss men and women of our Armed Forces who fight for all of us.”

President Trump has been embraced at all past Army-Navy games since before he took office. This is what happened in December 2016 — a month after being elected:

President Trump’s unwavering support for the Armed Forces is no secret. In 2017, Trump paid homage to fallen soldiers during a somber Memorial Day service, where he said their legacies “will endure forever.”

While laying wreaths on tombstones at Arlington National Cemetery, Trump was approached by a grieving mother who had lost her son in battle.

Alison Malachowski is the mom of Staff Sgt. Jimmy Malachowski, who was killed in 2011. Mrs. Malachowksi told the president she was heartbroken that Barack Obama never acknowledged her son’s sacrifice.

“Mr. Trump, my son was killed in Afghanistan in 2011, and nobody made any effort to acknowledge it,” Malachowski said.

“I did,” Trump replied.

“It means a lot to me, it really does,” Mrs. Malachowksi said. “My son loved this country very, very much. Jimmy knew he wasn’t coming home. And he said, ‘Mama, I hope that people don’t forget that I lived.’ If you could just remember Jimmy, that would mean so much to me.”

“I will remember,” President Trump promised. “I will remember.”

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