Trump attends Army-Navy game

President TrumpDonald John TrumpMcCabe says he was fired because he 'opened a case against' Trump McCabe: Trump said 'I don't care, I believe Putin' when confronted with US intel on North Korea McCabe: Trump talked to me about his election victory during 'bizarre' job interview MORE attended the annual Army-Navy football game Saturday and officiated the pre-match coin toss on the field flanked by top military officials.

The president, who missed last year's game after attending the event in 2016 as the president-elect, was joined on-field by top members of the military including Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisTrump nominates ambassador to Turkey Overnight Defense: Trump declares border emergency | .6B in military construction funds to be used for wall | Trump believes Obama would have started war with North Korea | Pentagon delivers aid for Venezuelan migrants Top US general: Trump wrong on Syria pullout, ISIS defeat MORE, who watched as a smiling Trump tossed the coin following a moment of silence for former President George H.W. Bush.

The annual football game between the Naval Academy in Annapolis and the Military Academy at West Point is a major tradition dating back to 1890 that has been attended by multiple former presidents.


Trump was joined for Saturday's game by a delegation of top military brass and members of the White House, including the secretaries of the Army, Navy, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as well as Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoHeather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN ambassador job The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine — Trump, Congress prepare for new border wall fight Overnight Defense: Trump to sign funding deal, declare national emergency | Shanahan says allies will be consulted on Afghanistan | Dem demands Khashoggi documents MORE and Interior Secretary Ryan ZinkeRyan Keith ZinkeOvernight Energy: Zinke joins Trump-tied lobbying firm | Senators highlight threat from invasive species | Top Republican calls for Green New Deal vote in House Zinke, Lewandowski join Trump veterans’ lobbying firm Is a presidential appointment worth the risk? MORE.

The president joked in 2016 that while the two teams were not the top college football teams in the country, he enjoyed watching the "spirit" of the two academies in competition.

"I mean, I don't know if it's necessarily the best football, but it's very good," Trump told sportscasters during a pre-game interview in 2016.

"But boy do they have spirit, more than anybody, it's beautiful," he added.

According to pool reports, Trump is expected to divide his time at the game evenly between the Army and Navy sides of the stadium, following the practice he employed in 2016.