WEST POINT, N.Y. — After spending Saturday morning and early afternoon railing on Twitter against several Republicans for refusing to help him overturn president-elect Joe Biden's victory in last month's election, President Donald Trump was cheered by a limited crowd of Cadets and Midshipmen before performing the coin toss at the Army-Navy game.
Wearing a black coat and red tie, Trump arrived at Michie Stadium at 2:27 ET, passing campus soldiers saluting at attention on road intersections.
He entered onto the field to cheers and choruses of "USA! USA!" before stopping at Navy's 41-yard line for the invocation and national anthem. Trump remained near midfield and applauded as Army and Navy players and coaches ran back onto the field.
After the coin toss, won by Navy, Trump walked to his seat around the 40-yard line in the Navy section for the first quarter.
President Donald Trump watches a fly-over before the start of the 121st Army-Navy game. (Photo: Andrew Harnik, AP)
This year's game, the 121st in the series, was supposed to be played in Philadelphia, which has hosted six of the past eight games and 89 meetings overall, including in every year from 1945-82.
However, due to state restrictions on occupancy at outdoor events that would have prevented the entire Corps of Cadets and Brigade of Midshipmen from being in attendance, the two academies decided to move the game to Michie Stadium by virtue of the Black Knights being designated the "home team" in this year's matchup.
With about 4,300 Cadets and 4,300 Midshipmen allowed in the stands, the attendance is roughly 9,000 spectators, a quarter of Michie Stadium's normal capacity.
This is the third consecutive year Trump has appeared at the Army-Navy game and his fourth trip overall, joining a visit to the 2016 game as president-elect. He is one of three sitting presidents to attend at least three games in the series, which began in 1890 and has been played annually since 1930.
Harry Truman went to six consecutive games, from 1945-50, and again in 1952. George W. Bush attended the Army-Navy game in 2001, 2004 and 2008.
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