The crowd at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans erupted with enthusiasm Monday night as President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump appeared on the field prior to the national championship football game between Louisiana State University and Clemson University.
LSU won the game, 42-25, claiming its first national championship since the 2007-08 season.
The president and first lady walked onto the field shortly before the playing of the national anthem to wild cheers and applause.
Giant video boards around the stadium carried their images. As they walked to their places on the 15-yard line, they waved at those cheering for them and greeted some of those on the field.
Their arrival was met by thundering cheers of “Four more years” and “U-S-A,” according to the White House media pool report:
The Trumps walked with the honor guard to the 40-yard line for the anthem, which the president sang along to.
Chants of “USA” broke out.
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As the Trumps left the field, the president thanked those around him.
One reporter asked Trump which team he favored.
“Both,” Trump replied, per the White House media pool report.
Monday night’s event was President Trump’s second LSU game, according to Fox News.
In November, he want to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, for a game between LSU and the University of Alabama.
Prior to leaving Washington, D.C., for the game, Trump spoke briefly to the media.
“[W]e’re going to the game. It’ll be a great game. It’ll be something that a lot of people want to see. And we’ll be in New Orleans, and we look forward to it,” he said, according to the White House media pool report.
Trump replied to one question on the killing of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force.
“Well, first of all, I think it’s been totally consistent. But here’s what’s been consistent: We killed Soleimani, the number-one terrorist in the world by every account. Bad person. Killed a lot of Americans, killed a lot of people. We killed him,” Trump said.
“And when the Democrats try and defend him, it’s a disgrace to our country. They can’t do that. And, let me tell you, it’s not working politically very well for them. So, we killed the number-one terrorist in the world — Soleimani — and it should have been done 20 years ago.”
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