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Trump to attend Army-Navy football game

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Trump to attend Army-Navy football game

WATCH | Donald Trump is following a presidential tradition of attending the Army-Navy game. The game will be held on Saturday, December 10, at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland.

President-elect Donald Trump is taking some time off from his "Thank You" tour this weekend to take in the Army-Navy football game. Trump is following in the footsteps of nine previous presidents who have attended at least one of the games.

The first was Theodore Roosevelt in 1901, who also happens to be credited with saving the rivalry after it had been canceled due to the rivalry becoming too intense. What's too intense? Well, how about a controversy in the game causing an admiral and a general agreeing to a duel in 1893. Luckily, they were talked out of the duel.

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Army halfback Woody Wilson (33) dives over goal line to score in third period of game with Navy, Nov. 26, 1938 at Philadelphia's Municipal Stadium. Cadets won, 14-7. (AP Photo)

As a result of the rivalry, in 1884, a Cabinet meeting was held to discuss the game. As a result, it was mandated that both colleges could only play home games, preventing them from facing off.  It wasn't until 1899 that the game resumed.

Trump never served but did attend a military academy for high school.

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President John F. Kennedy flips a coin for Army captain John Ellerson, left, and Navy captain Steve Hoy, right, prior to the start of the 63rd Army-Navy football game at Philadelphia Stadium, Dec. 1, 1962. Navy won toss and elected to receive. Navy won, 34-14. (AP Photo)

Presidents who have attended the game in addition to Roosevelt, are Woodrow Wilson, Calvin Coolidge, Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy, Gerald Ford, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama.  

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President Barack Obama is escorted as he crosses the field from the Navy side to the Army during the second half of the 112th edition of the annual Army vs. Navy NCAA college football game at FedEx Field in Landover, Md., Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Obama last attended the game in 2011. 

Because our commander in chief runs both the Navy and the Army, Trump will follow tradition and spend one-half on Navy’s side and one-half on Army’s.

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DUPLICATE***Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds (19) looks to pass during an NCAA college football game against Army, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, in Philadelphia. Navy won 21-17. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Only one president, Dwight Eisenhower, who attended West Point, has ever played in the game. But he never watched the game in person as president. Navy is 8-9-2 when a president attends.


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