Trump attends Army-Navy game

President TrumpDonald John TrumpCould Donald Trump and Boris Johnson be this generation's Reagan-Thatcher? Merkel backs Democratic congresswomen over Trump How China's currency manipulation cheats America on trade 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 MattisWatchdog: Former Pentagon spokeswoman misused staff for personal errands Senate panel advances Pentagon chief, Joint Chiefs chairman nominees The Hill's Morning Report - A raucous debate on race ends with Trump admonishment 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 PompeoThe Hill's Morning Report: Trump walks back from 'send her back' chants Kim Kardashian West thanks Trump, Kushner for helping efforts to free A$AP Rocky from Swedish jail Trump directed officials to work to free rapper A$AP Rocky after arrest in Sweden: reports MORE and Interior Secretary Ryan ZinkeRyan Keith ZinkePuerto Rican police fire tear gas at crowds protesting governor Overnight Energy: Trump officials gut DC staff for public lands agency to move West | Democrats slam EPA over scientific boards | Deepwater Horizon most litigated environmental issue of decade Trump officials gut DC staff as public lands agency preps to move out West 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.