President Donald Trump arrives at 2018 national championship

President Donald Trump arrives at 2018 national championship

President Donald Trump arrives at 2018 national championship

A College Football Playoff National Championship featuring a pair of powerhouse SEC rivals playing in Atlanta already had plenty of attention on its own. A year ago, Trump described Atlanta on Twitter as "falling apart" and "crime infested", because Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) refused to attend his inauguration.

But then President Donald Trump decided to make an appearance on Monday, presumably playing to his base in the Deep South states of Alabama and Georgia.

Yet, Trump didn't receive a warm welcome as his motorcade pulled up to Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Earlier on Monday, Trump had again criticised athletes who kneel during the anthem to protest police brutality.

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On Monday night, the President stood with his hand over his heart, singing along to parts of the anthem ahead of the game between the University of Georgia and the University of Alabama at Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium, reports CNN. Organizers said the show of white was meant to mock the "snowflake" insult that Trump supporters make against the president's opponents. He sang a few words as Georgia's Zac Brown Band and a gospel choir performed the anthem.

College football country is Trump country, and the presence of Southeastern Conference teams from Alabama and Georgia ― states that both went resoundingly for him ― made it a safe bet he'd face little jeering from fans.

Before his apparent anthem flub, Trump was welcomed onto the field by a mixture of boos and cheers.

Much as in the NFL and National Basketball Association, the two biggest strongholds of Trump opposition in sports, black athletes make up a sizable majority of the players in major college football. The Tuscaloosa News had reported that he would appear on the Alabama radio broadcast during the game, but that didn't happen during the first two quarters. Trump, a Republican, won Alabama by 30 points and Georgia by 5 over Democrat Hillary Clinton in the last presidential election.

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