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President Donald Trump is presented with a New England Patriots jersey by Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, left, and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, where the president honored the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots for their Super Bowl LI victory. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

And now back to crowd sizes... photos of Patriots' visit to WH highlight absences



Remember Sean Spicer's near meltdown during his first White House press briefing in which he berated the press for comparing the inauguration crowd sizes of President Obama and President Trump? We may have a repeat of that incident. 

Photos comparing the New England Patriots' visit to the White House in 2015 -- during an Obama administration -- and in 2017 -- during a Trump administration -- began circulating on Twitter Wednesday night. The side-by-side comparison highlights the number of players who chose to skip out on Trump's White House celebration.

*Hint* look at the stairs on the side

According to Patriots spokesperson, Stacey James, roughly 34 players attended Trump's White House celebrations. That's a similar turnout to President George W. Bush's Super Bowl party in 2004 and 2005. James added that more than 45 players attended the ceremonies in 2002 when the franchise claimed its first title, and in 2015 when President Obama was in office.

However, James contended that the size of the delegation has roughly stayed more or less the same for each trip to the White House--adding that some ceremonies included support staff, making the turnout look bigger.

And there's also the fact that players like star quarterback Tom Brady cited "personal reasons" for failing to attend the Wednesday event. Other players, like Danny Amendola, explained he had a funeral to attend. 

And now back to crowd sizes... photos of Patriots' visit to WH highlight absences

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But that's not stopping those on Twitter from mocking Spicer's candid response in January when he addressed the "inaccurate reporting" regarding Trump's inauguration crowd size.

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