The White House balked at the suggestion Pennsylvania voters could be turned off of President Donald Trump over his cancellation of the Philadelphia Eagles' Super Bowl victory ceremony Tuesday.
Press secretary Sarah Sanders was asked about the topic during Tuesday's daily press briefing and said the Trump administration is hopeful Pennsylvanians believe in standing for the national anthem — the issue Trump said is at the heart of this matter.
"Certainly we would hope that all of the people of Pennsylvania would share the president's commitment to the National Anthem and the pride that we have in our country," Sanders said.
"It's certainly not meant to be a slight to anyone, but frankly a reaffirmation of what a great country that we live in and to stand for the national anthem is something the president has been very clear on."
Trump won Pennsylvania in the 2016 election.
Eighty-one Eagles players and staff were originally scheduled to visit the White House on Tuesday, but the team tried to reschedule late last week after it was clear a much smaller number of people were planning to attend.
Trump ultimately canceled the event and replaced it with a patriotic celebration for the 1,000 or so Philadelphia fans that traveled to Washington, D.C., for the Eagles' visit.
The president has sparred with the NFL because several players have chosen not to stand for the national anthem the past two seasons to protest perceived injustices of minorities.
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