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A Patriots spokesman, Stacey James, said more than 45 players attended the White House in 2015 under President Obama.
Among some of the missing team members were Danny Amendola, Chris Long, Alan Branch, Martellus Bennett, and Devin McCourty.
In an interview with Time magazine safety Devin McCourty had previously said he was not going to the ceremony because he didn’t feel accepted in the White House. “With the president having so many strong opinions and prejudices, I believe certain people might feel accepted there while others won’t,” he said.
Despite the low turnout, the Patriots have ties with the Trump administration as owner Robert K. Kraft donated $1 million to inauguration festivities.
“No team has been this good for this long,” Trump said during the ceremony on Wednesday.
The Patriots presented Trump with a helmet and a ceremonial jersey, No, 45 with his name imprinted on it.
The White House visit took place the same day that Aaron Hernandez, former Patriot, hanged himself while serving a life sentence for murder.
Nidia Cavazos is a multimedia journalist with an emphasis on political reporting. She's contributed to Univision, KXAN, and USA Today College, and she was named one of six NBC Fellows by the National Association of Hispanic Journalists in 2017.