Eagles: Attending White House Visit Will Be an ‘Individual Decision’

The Eagles will meet President Trump at the White House on June 5 in Washington D.C.

Doug Pederson
Head Coach Doug Pederson of the Philadelphia Eagles. (Al Bello/Getty Images)
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On Tuesday, Philadelphia head coach Doug Pederson confirmed the World Champion Eagles will meet President Trump at the White House on June 5 in Washington D.C.

However, Pederson could not confirm which of his players would be making the trip and said that traveling to the Capitol would be optional and no one would be required to attend.

“It’s an individual basis,” Pederson said. “It’s one of those things that, again, we’re working through a ton of things, but at the same time we understand that it’s an individual decision.”

Before the visit was offered and accepted, some members of last year’s team including Malcolm Jenkins, Chris Long and Torrey Smith said they would not be visiting the White House as long as President Trump was residing in it.

Quarterback Carson Wentz, who is expected to be available for the start of the season, said that if his teammates decide they want to go, he will be heading to Washington as well.

“I know for me, personally, if the team decides as a whole, most guys want to go or be a part of it, I’ll be attending with them,” Wentz said. “I think it’s just a cool way to receive the honor nationally and be recognized. I don’t personally view it – I know some people do and everyone has their opinion on it – but I don’t view it as a political thing whatsoever. I don’t mess with politics very often. But I will be involved in going. The rest of the details will be coming soon.”

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