Trump still wants Patriots owner at White House after prostitution charge: report
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President TrumpDonald TrumpSenators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Democratic fury with GOP explodes in House Georgia secretary of state withholds support for 'reactionary' GOP voting bills MORE reportedly still wants Robert Kraft to attend an upcoming White House celebration, despite the New England Patriots owner's recent charge for allegedly soliciting prostitution.

An unidentified senior White House official told Politico that Trump and Kraft, who are friends, have spoken since Kraft was charged late last month in Florida and that Trump wants to see Kraft attend the event honoring the Super Bowl champions later this year.


The date of the Patriots' ceremony at the White House has not yet been announced. A request for comment to the White House was not immediately returned Thursday morning.

“Public memory is so short that inviting Robert Kraft last month would have been not cool. But if [the Patriots] are not going to come until late spring, we’ll have to see what’s going on at that time,” the official told Politico.

“But I would bet that he comes,” the official continued. “He’s synonymous with the team. He’s accused, but he hasn’t been convicted.”

Kraft has denied the allegations against him and on Wednesday announced that he would reject a plea deal Florida prosecutors offered to more than 20 men, including Kraft, who were charged after a sting at a West Palm Beach day spa. 

"We categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any illegal activity," Kraft's spokesperson said last month. "Because it is a judicial matter, we will not be commenting further."

Trump himself commented on the charges last month, noting that Kraft had denied the charges and calling the situation "very sad."

"Surprised to see it. He has denied it," Trump told reporters.