Donald Trump might say this was the most highly attended championship team ceremony ever at the White House. but the pictures say otherwise. "Our team has accomplished something very special that we are all proud of and will be for years to come".
Both Kraft and Belichick presented Trump with a Patriots Super Bowl 51 jersey and helmet, stood for some photos, then went inside the White House to continue the celebration. Just hours before the event on Wednesday, Brady announced that he wouldn't be going to the White House due to a "family matter".
"With your backs against the wall, and the pundits - good old pundits", Trump said.
The former New England Patriots player, who was serving a life sentence for murder, was found hanging in his cell by corrections officers.
Brady attracted scrutiny when a red "Make America Great Again" hat - which Trump famously wore throughout his campaign - was spotted in his football locker during this past season. Devin McCourty, Alan Branch, Chris Long, Martellus Bennett and LeGarrette Blount all have been outspoken about the fact that they did not feel as though it was appropriate for them to take part in the festivities because of the man occupying the nation's highest office. Spicer - an avid Patriots fan - responded: "I think I got this".
The Patriots are an incredible organization, and this Super Bowl victory was a complete team effort.
Vice President Mike Pence says in Japan that Washington will work with its allies and China to put economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea but adds that the United States would defeat any attack with an "overwhelming response".
"Everyone played a role and everyone played as champions", Trump said.
The president praised the "culture dedicated to winning" that coach Bill Belichick created in the Patriots organization. Somehow more encouraging, more pointed, more inspiring than the original. It was much better. Trump said of a note he read in New Hampshire during a rally the day before Election Day.
Brady and Amendola weren't the only notable player absent from the festivities Wednesday. Trump, meanwhile, ambled toward his story's conclusion - a mention of the Patriots' latest victory incomplete, of course, without a reminder of his own.
USA troops are still battling suspected Islamic State fighters near the site where a massive bomb was dropped in eastern Afghanistan last week, an American military official says. "I love you mom and dad!", he wrote in a caption.