Philadelphia mayor slams Trump as 'fragile egomaniac' after Eagles White House snub

Philadelphia’s Mayor Democrat Jim Kenney slammed President Trump for disinviting the Eagles from visiting the White House to celebrate their Super Bowl win.

In a sharply worded statement Kenney defends his city’s NFL team writing, “Disinviting them from the White House only proves that our President is not a true patriot, but a fragile egomaniac obsessed with crowd size and afraid of the embarrassment of throwing a party to which no one wants to attend.”

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NASCAR Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr. presents a NASCAR helmet to U.S. President Donald Trump as the president welcomes Truex and his team to the White House in Washington, U.S., May 21, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
WASHINGTON, USA - APRIL 19: U.S. President Donald Trump (C) holds up a customized jersey presented to him by 2017 Super Bowl Champions the New England Patriots during their visit to the White House in Washington, United States on April 19, 2017. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 01: U.S. President Donald Trump is presented with a jersey by team captain Ahmad Bradshaw (R) during an event with the Army Black Knights football team from the U.S. Military Academy May 1, 2018 in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, DC. President Trump hosted the 2017 Commander in Chief's Trophy champion to honor their victory. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump meets with the Houston Astros, the 2017 World Series Champions, in the East Room at the White House in Washington, U.S. March 12, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 28: President Donald Trump holds a Chicago Cubs jersey as he meets with members of the 2016 World Series Champions Chicago Cubs in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC on Wednesday, June 28, 2017. Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant holds a '45' sign. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - (L-R) With Penguins' coach Mike Sullivan, and co owners Ronald Burkle and Mario Lemieux behind, President Donald Trump honors the Stanley Cup Champions Pittsburgh Penguins in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC Tuesday October 10, 2017. The Stanley Cup Trophy is in the foreground. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 27: U.S. President Donald Trump hosts Team USA at the North Portico of the White House April 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. President Trump hosted the team to celebrate their victories in the 2018 Winter Olympics. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 27: U.S. President Donald Trump hosts Team USA at the North Portico of the White House April 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. President Trump hosted the team to celebrate their victories in the 2018 Winter Olympics. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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Reports surfaced the Eagles’ team owner Jeffrey Lurie was planning to send fewer than 10 players to the nonpartisan super bowl celebration. Trump in a statement and on Twitter referencing those small numbers saying the “1,000 fans planning to attend the event deserve better.” Then adding, “Staying in the Locker Room for the playing of our National Anthem is as disrespectful to our country as kneeling.”

Rather, Trump now says he’ll be holding a different kind of celebration tweeting, “We will proudly be playing the National Anthem and other wonderful music celebrating our Country today at 3 P.M., The White House, with the United States Marine Band and the United States Army Chorus. Honoring America! NFL, no escaping to Locker Rooms!”

Last year a smaller delegation for the New England Patriots was invited to celebrate its super bowl win. At the time, that team, owned by a prominent Trump supporter, attended as planned.

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Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney through the years
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PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 03: Mayor of Philadelphia Jim Kenney speaks during Pennsylvania Conference For Women 2017 at Pennsylvania Convention Center on October 3, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Marla Aufmuth/Getty Images for Pennsylvania Conference for Women)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 8: Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney addresses media at a press conference regarding the shooting of Police Officer Jesse Hartnett, 33, who was ambushed and allegedly shot at 13 times by Edward Archer, 30, last night on January 8, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Surveillance footage reveals the suspect was dressed in Muslim clothing and wearing a mask. Following his arrest, suspect Edward Archer stated, 'I follow Allah and pledge allegiance to the Islamic State and that is the reason I did what I did.' (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
Mayor Jim Kenney speaks about the attempted killing of officer Jesse Hartnett by suspect Edward Archer during a press conference at Police Headquarters on Jan. 8, 2016 in Philadelphia. (David Swanson/Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 8: Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney addresses media at a press conference regarding the shooting of Police Officer Jesse Hartnett, 33, who was ambushed and allegedly shot at 13 times by Edward Archer, 30, last night on January 8, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Surveillance footage reveals the suspect was dressed in Muslim clothing and wearing a mask. Following his arrest, suspect Edward Archer stated, 'I follow Allah and pledge allegiance to the Islamic State and that is the reason I did what I did.' (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA,PA - FEBRUARY 10: Superintendent of school District of Philadelphia Dr. William Hite along with the Mayor of Philadelphia Jim Kenney and NBA Legend Allen Iverson of the Philadelphia 76ers poses for a picture prior to the game against the Sacramento Kings at Wells Fargo Center on February 10, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - APRIL 06: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, right, participates in a roundtable discussion with Mayor Jim Kenney, left, at Impact Services Corporation on April 6, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania Democratic primary voters will head to the polls on April 26, 2016. (Photo by Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 08: Head coach Jay Wright, Mayor Jim Kenney and Villanova President Father Peter M. Donohue pose for a photograph during the Villanova Wildcats Championship Parade on April 8, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
Jim Kenney, Mayor of Philadelphia speaks during Day 1 of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 25, 2016. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
Jim Kenney, Mayor of Philadelphia speaks during Day 1 of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 25, 2016. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
POCANTICO, NY - SEPTEMBER 28: Adam Bryant and Mayor of Philadelphia Jim Kenney speak onstage at the Soda Wars panel during The New York Times Food For Tomorrow Conference 2016 on September 28, 2016 in Pocantico, New York. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for New York Times)
POCANTICO, NY - SEPTEMBER 28: Mayor of Philadelphia Jim Kenney attends the New York Times Food For Tomorrow Conference 2016 on September 28, 2016 in Pocantico, New York. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for New York Times)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 07: Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney speaks during the Hillary Clinton 'Get Out The Vote' campaign rally with Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi at Independence Hall on November 7, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
Activists, protestors, lawyers, and City Representatives, incl. Major Jim Kenney, wait at International Arrivals of Philadelphia International Airport, on January 28th, 2017. The wait is for the release of two Syrian families refugees held by federal border patrol upon arrival in the United States, after the Executive Order signed by Donald Trump went into effect. The status of the families is currently unknown as no official information is released. (Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Activists, protestors, lawyers, and City Representatives, incl. Major Jim Kenney, wait at International Arrivals of Philadelphia International Airport, on January 28th, 2017. The wait is for the release of two Syrian families refugees held by federal border patrol upon arrival in the United States, after the Executive Order signed by Donald Trump went into effect. The status of the families is currently unknown as no official information is released. (Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
PA Gov. Tom Wolf, Sen. Bob Casey, Rep, Bob Brady, State Rep. Brian Simps, Mayor Jim Kenney (center), Councilwomen Helen Gym, were joined by hundreds of protestors at Philadelphia International Airport, on January 28th 2017. The groups attempt to negotiate the release of Syrian Refugees is going into the night with a standstill as a judge is expected to make a decision on Sunday Morning. Two families are held by Federal Border Patrol after President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order restricting entry for many traveling from selected Middle Eastern countries. (Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 15: (L-R) Philadelphia Mayor, Jim Kenney poses with Producer Adam F. Goldberg during an event honoring Goldberg at Philadelphia City Hall on September 15, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Adam F. Goldberg was honored with the Liberty Bell as the City of Philadelphia proclaims September 15th The Goldbergs Syndication Day. (Photo by Lisa Lake/Getty Images for Sony Pictures Television)
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, joined by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, and gun violence activist speak out against gun violence and call for gun law reform, at a October 3, 2017 vigil for the victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas. The vigil is held outside City Hall, in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Villanova Coach Jay Wright and Mayor Jim Kenney (L) laugh during a victory parade after they won the NCAA U.S. college basketball championship over North Carolina, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania April 8, 2016. REUTERS/Charles Mostoller
Jim Kenney greets supporters after winning the Democratic primary for Mayor of Philadelphia during his election night party at Vie in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on May 19, 2015. Campaign finance watchdog groups fear heavy spending by ultra-rich Americans will warp the election - already expected to be the most money-soaked in history - and prop up candidates who don't represent the will of the majority. Photo taken May 19, 2015. REUTERS/Mark Makela
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