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Trump picks Patriots to win Super Bowl: 'You have to stick up for your friends, right?'

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President Donald Trump predicted his "friends" the New England Patriots will walk away Super Bowl champs following Sunday's big game against the Atlanta Falcons.

During a FOX News interview with Bill O'Reilly that aired before kickoff, Trump was hesitant at first to pick a winner, saying he "hates to make predictions" before he settled on Tom Brady's team to win by eight points.

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Trump ran down his list of acquaintances in Patriots camp, saying he liked both New England owner Bob Kraft and Coach Bill Belichick, and that he considered star quarterback Tom Brady "a winner" and his "friend."

"You have to stick up for your friends, right?" the president said after picking the Pats to win their fifth ring of the Belichick-Brady era.

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NEW YORK CITY, NY - MARCH 11: Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady attend ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA Store Opening Cocktail Party For The Robin Hood Foundation at Ermenegildo Zegna Store 5th Ave on March 11, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by DAVID X PRUTTING/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND - JUNE 14: Model Gisele Bundchen and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady sit courtside for Game Four of the NBA Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the San Antonio Spurs at the Quicken Loans Arena on June 14, 2007 in Cleveland, Ohio. 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 2007 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MAY 05: Actress/model Gisele Bundchen and athlete Tom Brady attend the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala 'Superheroes: Fashion And Fantasy' at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
BOSTON - MAY 22: Tom Brady of the New England Patriots and Gisele Bundchen watch as the Detroit Pistons play against the Boston Celtics during Game Two of the 2008 NBA Eastern Conference finals at the TD Banknorth Garden on May 22, 2008 in Boston, Massachusetts. 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 (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NO MIDDLE EAST/INDIA/RUSSIA Photos � 2008 Freddy Baez/The Grosby Group - New York Sept 24, 2008 GISELE BUNDCHEN and TOM BRADY out and about in West Village after doing some shopping. PGfrb6 (Photo by Philip Ramey/Corbis via Getty Images)
�2009 RAMEY PHOTO NO SPAIN , NO ITALY, NO MIDDLE EAST, NO RUSSIA Brasil, March 15, 2009 GISELE BUNDCHEN and husband TOM BRADY leave the small town of Horizontina in the south of Brasil, after spending the weekend. Gisele took Tom there to introduce him to her family in the town where she was born. The couple took a small private plane that will take them to the large city Sao Paulo where they will continue with their honeymoon. PGpg68 (Photo by Philip Ramey/Corbis via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MAY 04: NFL player Tom Brady and model Gisele Bundchen attends 'The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion' Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
�2010 RAMEY PHOTO EXCLUSIVE! NO SPAIN/ NO ITALY/ NO RUSSIA Sao Paulo, Brazil, March 29, 2010 GISELE BUNDCHEN and TOM BRADY take their baby Benjamin, for lunch at Cafe La Musique in Sao Paulo. The Brady family traveled to Brazil for Gisele's sister wedding. PGrbs68 (Photo by Philip Ramey/Corbis via Getty Images)
�2010 RAMEY PHOTO Gisele Bundchen, Tom Brady and their baby ride on a boat in Paris. 040910 DLM/TM (Photo by Philip Ramey/Corbis via Getty Images)
Tom Brady and model Gisele B�ndchen attends the Costume Institute Gala Benefit to celebrate the opening of the 'American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity' exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 3, 2010 AFP PHOTO /TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Model Gisele Bundchen (L) and NFL player Tom Brady (R) attends the 'Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty' Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/FilmMagic)
BOSTON - APRIL 20: Tom Brady and Gisselle Bundchen kiss in a roof box stand during the seventh inning stretch as the Boston Red Sox face the New York Yankees on the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Tom Brady and Gilele Bundchen attend the 'Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations' Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Randy Brooke/WireImage)
Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady attends the Costume Institute Benefit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art May 6, 2013, celebrating the opening of Punk: Chaos to Couture. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MARCH 27: Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen are seen on March 27, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Stickman/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen attend the 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion' Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/Getty Images)
Brazilian model Gisele Bundchen (R) gestures alongside US American football player Tom Brady during a closing ceremony ahead of the final football match between Germany and Argentina for the FIFA World Cup at The Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on July 13, 2014. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - AUGUST 11: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was met after practice on August 11, 2014 by his wife Gisele Bundchen and their son and daughter. The Patriots held an afternoon practice session on the fields outside of Gillette Stadium. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 01: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots kisses his wife Gisele Bundchen after defeating the Seattle Seahawks during Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. The Patriots defeated the Seahawks 28-24. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 30: Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen are seen riding bicycles on August 30, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Stickman/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Tom Brady, Gisele Bundchen, Robert Kraft, Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman attend the Gisele Bundchen Spring Fling book launch on April 30, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Goat Communications)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 21: Professional Football player Tom Brady and wife, model Gisele Bundchen attend National Geographic's 'Years Of Living Dangerously' new season world premiere at the American Museum of Natural History on September 21, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
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Trump has a history standing up for those close to him. Just this past week, the president said he was cutting "a lot out of Dodd-Frank" because "friends of mine that have nice businesses, they can't borrow."

Even prior to Trump officially entering the world of politics, the billionaire businessman replied, "So true, (except friends)!" to a tweet telling him not to run for president because the "world would be screwed."

Trump also acknowledged that the Patriots, specifically Belichick and Brady, have been "taking a lot of heat" for over their connection and seeming support of the new Republican president.

"You know what? They are also getting a lot of popularity out of it," said Trump.

"I think they are going to do very well. Tom's a winner. The coach is a great coach," he said.

"So you are rooting for them to win?" asked O'Reilly.

Trump said the "other team is fantastic" but that the Patriots have less pressure on them since they've won before.

"Once you've won, once you've done it... there is less pressure," Trump said possibly invoking his own re-election odds following his upset victory.

Brady was one of the earliest celebrities to promote a Trump "Make America Great Again" hat when one showed up in his dressing room during a postgame interview.

Coach Belichick reportedly wrote the president a glowing letter of encouragement following the billionaire's election win.

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