President-elect Donald Trump was greeted with cheers as he arrived at the Army-Navy football game, one of the country’s most famous football rivalries (video below).
Trump took a break from Cabinet deliberations to enjoy the 117th game between military academies at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland. As he walked in, the crowds cheered for the president-elect and even chanted his campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again.”
During an interview with announcers Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson, Trump say that he was “totally neutral” on the outcome of the game, adding that “I just love the armed forces.” He joked that perhaps he would appoint Lundquist his ambassador to Sweden as the announcer was retiring from the play-by-play booth.
“I just love the armed forces, love the folks. The spirit is so incredible,” Trump in the CBS Sports interview. “I mean, I don’t know if it’s necessarily the best football, but it’s very good. But boy do they have spirit.”
Army won the game 21-17, putting an end to Navy’s 14-year winning streak in the rivalry.
According to ABC News, the commander in chief traditionally will switch sides at halftime as a sign of neutrality, but Trump remained on one side for the duration of the game because he is not yet the sitting president.
President Barack Obama most recently attended the Army-Navy game in 2011.
See President-elect Trump’s full interview on CBS here:
Sources: ABC News, YouTube / Photo Credit: CBS Sports via YouTube