Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, watched the Super Bowl at the Trump International Golf Club in Palm Beach, Florida.
The gathering was held in a large ballroom. Trump and Melania sat at a table that included Chief of Staff Reince Priebus:
Trump left his Super Bowl party early, when it looked like the New England Patriots would lose (they engineered a miracle comeback in overtime). Trump ditched the party in the third quarter with the Patriots down 28-3, reported USA Today. He then tweeted this:
Donald Trump is well known for his ties to the New England Patriots. He has long-lasting friendships with Patriots owner Robert Kraft, coach Bill Belichick, and star quarterback, Tom Brady. Belichick even wrote a letter to Trump praising him effusively after Trump was elected, Kraft attended the inauguration, and Brady had a “Make America Great Again” hat in his locker.
However, the president did not attend the Super Bowl 2017 in Houston, although Vice President Mike Pence did, where astute observers said the camera captured him with James Baker, the former chief of staff to Presidents George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan. Trump wore a red tie, the central color of the Atlanta Falcons on the Super Bowl 2017 field, while Melania dressed down in a blue sweater with white pants, part of the color combination of the Patriots. (However, Donald Trump previously predicted a Patriots’ victory.)
The president and First Lady have been in Florida all weekend, at their Mar-a-Lago estate, where, on February 4, they attended an annual Red Cross gala. However, the Super Bowl party they hosted was at the Trump golf course in Palm Beach, not at Mar-a-Lago.
Melania wore a hot pink gown to the gala. The vacation marked the first public appearances of the Trumps together since the day after the inauguration.
Pence, on his way to Super Bowl 51, stopped at “Andrews Air Force Base, where he met two wounded service members and their guests — and invited them to join him at the game,” reported the Independent Journal Review.
The Pences tried to strike it neutral, inviting a service member to attend the game with them who supported the Falcons and one who supported the Patriots.
Pence has a son who is in the military.
However, more Twitter conversation focused on Baker being spotted with Pence.
You can see more photos of the Trump’s Florida vacation here: