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.
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.
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.
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.
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.