BALTIMORE – It was nice to see the president-elect attend one of college football’s most storied rivalries Saturday, the Army vs. Navy game. Since the armed forces and law enforcement have a close-knit relationship, Mr. Trump’s ability to embrace these professions with sincere gratitude has gained him valuable support before taking office.
It was an exciting game in which Army broke a 14-year losing streak, with a 21-17 victory.
Although it is unverifiable, one reporter commented it was the first time a president-elect has attended the highly publicized game. The soon-to-be commander-in-chief was cheered with chants of “USA! USA!” as he entered the stadium, reported NPR.
Trump appeared to endear himself to those in attendance as he worked the crowd, shaking hands and greeting people as he moved around.
The Independent Journal Review characterized Trump’s entry as “a conquering general’s welcome.”
While his arrival was not announced officially over the speaker system, he was shown on the jumbotron for a moment, garnering deafening cheers from the packed stadium of veterans and enlisted men and women, according to IJR.
During the third quarter CBS broadcasters, Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson, interviewed Trump. One of the basic tenets of leadership is ensuring the work force feels valued. Trump continues to hit the right notes.
When Lundquist asked Trump why he decided to attend the game, he said, “(I) just love the armed forces, love the folks. The spirit is so incredible. I mean, I don’t know if it’s necessarily the best football, but it’s very good,” he said. “But boy do they have spirit, more than anybody. It’s beautiful.”
The president-elect split time by sitting on both the Army and Navy sides, in boxes partially enclosed by bulletproof glass. While sitting with the Army, he was a guest in the box of David Urban, a 1986 West Point graduate who advised Trump’s campaign in Pennsylvania. Also in the box were Gen. Mark A. Milley, chief of staff of the U.S. Army, and Lt. Gen. General Robert L. Caslen, Jr., the superintendent of the West Point academy.
With the Navy, he was a guest of retired Marine Lt. Col. Oliver North, a graduate of the Annapolis academy and a former national security aide in the Reagan administration. Also in the Navy box was Admiral John Richardson, chief of U.S. Navy Operations, and Gen. Robert Neller, Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps.