Navy midshipmen and Military cadets greeted President Trump with cheers and chants of “USA! USA!” Saturday as he emerged onto the turf of Michie Stadium at West Level for the 121st annual Military-Navy soccer recreation — in all chance his final because the gamers’ commander-in-chief.
The storied match-up, usually held in Philadelphia’s cavernous Lincoln Monetary Area, this 12 months moved to the US Navy Academy’s a lot cozier gridiron because of the coronavirus pandemic.
With solely the 9,000 college students of the 2 faculties in attendance and a heavy fog hovering over the stadium, the roar for Trump was extra muted this 12 months than the waves of ovations he acquired ultimately 12 months’s recreation.
However they placed on a vigorous present for Trump as he attended the third Military-Navy recreation of his time period. Midshipmen from the US Naval Academy at Annapolis jumped energetically to catch sight of him as he walked to the 50-yard line for the ceremonial coin toss, which Navy gained. West Level cadets confirmed off their matching face masks, all emblazoned with “Beat Navy” messages.
Trump pumped his fist and turned to applaud the scholars as he left the tunnel to take the sector for the Nationwide Anthem and the ceremonial coin toss — which Navy, calling tails, gained.
A formation of Blue Angels and Apache helicopters might be heard as they flew overhead – however had been barely discernible by means of the thick cowl of mist.
Earlier, a couple of dozen supporters had been readily available at Stewart Worldwide Airport in New Windsor, NY to cheer Trump as he landed there with chants of “Don’t surrender, don’t surrender” — simply two days earlier than Monday’s Electoral School vote that may seal Joe Biden’s affirmation as president-elect.