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Patriots owner: Trump helped in my ‘toughest time’


The owner of the New England Patriots is defending his relationship with President Trump, saying the New York real estate mogul comforted him following the death of his wife.

Robert Kraft’s comments about Trump come as his NFL team prepares for this Sunday’s Super Bowl against the Atlanta Falcons.

“He’s been great to me over these last two decades,” Kraft said Friday on Fox News’s “Fox and Friends.”

{mosads}“In the toughest time of my life, he was there for me when my beloved wife died,” Kraft added, referencing the loss of Myra Kraft in 2011.

“I was really depressed and he invited me to things and he looked out after me. Only four or five people did that to that extent.”

Trump frequently touted his friendship with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady during his White House run last year.

Brady repeatedly struggled with handling his relationship with Trump during the campaign and football season, at one point refusing to answer questions about the billionaire during an October 2016 press conference.

USA Today sports columnist Nancy Armour stoked the controversy Monday by calling for Brady to “publicly disavow” Trump over the “chaos” of his newly launched administration.

Kraft said he thought Trump’s experience as a businessman would serve him well in the White House.

“I think that [Trump’s] intent is to do things that can help the business environment in America,” Kraft said. 

“Which to me, the people who are hurting most are working-class and poor people,” added Kraft, who endorsed Trump’s presidential bid. “We need a vibrant economy to get jobs going again.”

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