Sarah Sanders: 'The vast majority of the Eagles team decided to abandon their fans' by boycotting Trump
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White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders lashed out at the Eagles NFL team on Tuesday, accusing them of "abandoning their fans" after most of the members refused to show up for a White House Super Bowl celebration.

In a statement on Tuesday, Sanders said that the Eagles were to blame for the White House's decision to cancel the event and replace it with another event celebrating America.

"On Tuesday, May 31, the team notified the White House of 81 individuals, including players, coaches and management, and support personnel, who would attend the event," Sanders said in the statement. "Late Friday, citing the fact that many players would not be in attendance, the team contacted the White House again, and attempted to reschedule the event."

According to Sanders, Trump could not reschedule the event due to overseas travel.

"The White House, despite sensing a lack of good faith, nonetheless attempted to work with the Eagles over the weekend to change the event [to a] format that could accommodate a smaller group of players," she added. "Unfortunately, the Eagles offered to send only a tiny handful of representatives, while making clear that a great majority of players would not attend the event, despite planning to be in D.C. today."

"In other words, the vast majority of the Eagles team decided to abandon their fans," Sanders said.

Read the statement below.