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Eagles Fans Get The Party Of A Lifetime: Military Bands And Zero Football Players
A thousand super-fans of the Philadelphia Eagles are getting an amazing treat during their visit to the White House on Tuesday afternoon: Military bands playing and sightings of exactly zero players from their favorite team.
The original agenda called for the fans to go and see their Super Bowl-winning team at the White House, along with President Donald Trump, but instead, they'll just listen to the Marine Corps Band and the U.S. Army Chorus. I bet that's what they were all hoping for!
This is all due to Trump disinviting the Eagles from coming to visit, which he said was because the players disagreed "with their president because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem." Except, of course, not a single player on the team kneeled during the anthem during the regular season or the playoffs.
So now the event is being rebranded from Eagles Visit The White House to The Celebration Of America. Which means a whole bunch of John Phillips Sousa marches, which is way cooler than hanging out with your all-time heroes of football.
Thank you, Mr. President!
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At this time, the National Guard is not releasing any information about the status of the three people aboard the helicopter, Heusdens told Task & Purpose on Thursday.
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Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Business Insider.
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Days after Thorpe's report was published, Mathews went missing and was discharged from the military for his alleged ties to the group. His car was found about 10 miles from the U.S. border soon thereafter, and police found a cache of weapons when they raided his home.
Vice reporters Ben Makuch, Mack Lamoureux, and Zachary Kamel, citing confidential sources, reported on Thursday that Mathews had been illegally smuggled across the border and is being hidden by members of The Base, which has operated in encrypted chatrooms as a largely online organization.
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Pentagon spokeswoman Alyssa Farah said there are no plans to send that many troops to the region "at this time."
Farah's statement does not rule out the possibility that the Defense Department could initially announce a smaller deployment to the region and subsequently announce that more troops are headed downrange.
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The Navy could send a second aircraft carrier to the Middle East if President Donald Trump orders a surge of forces to the region, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday said on Thursday.
Gordon Lubold and Nancy Youssef of the Wall Street Journal first reported the United States is considering sending up to 14,000 troops to the Middle East to deter Iran from attacking U.S. forces and regional allies. The surge forces could include several ships.