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Trump cheered as he takes field at college football championship game

President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump State Department appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot Intelligence community investigating links between lawmakers, Capitol rioters Michelle Obama slams 'partisan actions' to 'curtail access to ballot box' MORE and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - FBI director testifies on Jan. 6 Capitol attack Overnight Health Care: Senate to vote on .9 trillion relief bill this week | J&J vaccine rollout begins | CDC warns against lifting restrictions Trump has been vaccinated for coronavirus MORE took the field at the start of the College Football Playoff National Championship in New Orleans on Monday night for the national anthem.

The president and first lady, smiling and waving, held hands as they traversed the field from the 15- to 40-yard line with the honor guard just after 7 p.m. local time. They were greeted by loud cheers and roaring chants of “USA! USA!” and “Four more years!”

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The game between No. 1 Louisiana State University (LSU) and No. 3 Clemson University is one of a handful of sporting events the president has attended in recent months.

Asked later by an ABC reporter which team he likes, Trump replied, “Both,” giving a thumbs-up.

Trump made an appearance at Game 5 of the World Series between the Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros in Washington, D.C., last October, during which he was booed at one point.

The president received a much warmer welcome when he attended a November football game between LSU and Alabama and the December Army-Navy game. 

Trump last attended the College Football Playoff National Championship in Atlanta in 2018, similarly walking onto the field to stand with U.S. military members during the national anthem.

Trump welcomed the Clemson football team, last year’s champions, to the White House in early 2019, serving them fast food because the federal government was in the midst of a shutdown.