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Patriots player Martellus Bennett plans to skip Super Bowl White House visit to avoid meeting Trump

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After winning Sunday night’s Super Bowl, the New England Patriots are headed to the White House. But one name won’t be on the guest list. Martellus Bennett said during a post-game interview, “I’m not going to go.”

When he was asked why he wouldn’t make the trip, Bennett replied, “It is what it is. People know how I feel about it. Just follow me on Twitter.” The morning of President Donald Trump’s inauguration, Bennett tweeted, “America was built on inclusiveness not exclusiveness.”

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Bennett told media the same last week. When asked whether he would take the trip to the White House if the Patriots won the Super Bowl, Bennett told reporters, “I don’t know. I’ve got to win the Super Bowl first, but most likely no.” He added, “I don’t support the guy that’s in the house.”

See below for his full remarks.


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China vows to retaliate for Trump’s Rose Garden press conference — and could impose new sanctions on America

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US President Donald Trump said Tuesday he was ending preferential trade treatment for Hong Kong and had signed into law an act that authorises sanctions on banks over China's clampdown in the international finance hub.

In a discursive news conference dominated by attacks on his domestic rivals, Trump declared himself to be the toughest president ever on China, a country he is increasingly positioning as his nemesis ahead of November elections.

Trump announced that he had issued an executive order on Hong Kong as he predicted decline for the restless city, on which Beijing recently imposed a tough new security law.

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Trump’s former White House doctor Ronny Jackson wins GOP runoff for Congress in Texas

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Ronny Jackson, the former White House physician and President Donald Trump's onetime nominee for secretary of veterans affairs, has won his bid for the Republican nomination for a solidly red congressional seat in the Texas Panhandle.

With 100% of polling locations reporting, though some mail-in ballots will still need to be counted, Jackson held a lead of 11 percentage points over Josh Winegarner, a veteran agriculture expert and lobbyist. Jackson and Winegarner were competing for a seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Clarendon, who is retiring and held the seat since 1995.

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Ivanka Trump’s tweet raises eyebrows: ‘Why is a senior White House official endorsing a food product?’

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As her big brother was dragging their 14-year-old half brother into the 2020 campaign, senior White House advisor Ivanka Trump was endorsing a line of canned food products.

If it’s Goya, it has to be good. Si es Goya, tiene que ser bueno. pic.twitter.com/9tjVrfmo9z

— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) July 15, 2020

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