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President Trump further details Bill Belichick’s letter to him prior to election

04.19.17 at 3:11 pm ET
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Bill Belichick wrote Donald Trump two letters. (J. Scott Applewhite/Pool Photo USA Today Network)

Bill Belichick wrote Donald Trump two letters. (J. Scott Applewhite/Pool Photo USA Today Network)

President Donald Trump welcomed over 30 members of the Patriots Super Bowl LI winning team and then a number of coaches and staff to the White House on Wednesday.

During the ceremony, Trump further explained Bill Belichick writing him a letter in which he read to a New Hampshire crowd the night before the election.

The president said Belichick actually wrote him a new letter which was even better than the first after he asked him if he could read it to the crowd.

“Whether you’re trying to win a Super Bowl or rebuild our country, as coach Belichick would say, ‘There are no days off,’” Trump said. “Just a quick story about the coach. I had won the primary and I am now in this rather heated election, that a few of you have read about. He wrote me this beautiful letter after the primary.

“Congratulations he said. All sorts of things that were really good. It was really a beautiful letter. It was very close to before the election and I called him up and I said, ‘Coach, do you mind if I read the letter tonight to a stadium full of people in a very, very big and important state?’ He said, ‘You know what? I would rather not have you do that. Could you send it back to me? I am going to give you another one.’ I said, ‘No that’s OK.’ ‘Nope, I want to give you another one.’ Now, immediately to me that means he’s going to tone it down because what he said was so nice. You know what he did? He toned it way up. It was much better. It was much better. He made that the greatest letter and I did very well in that state. Thank you, coach. He’s just a very special guy.”

Trump also referenced the big 25-point comeback in the Super Bowl where he made a joke about the media and pundits.

“When the pundits — boy they’re wrong a lot, aren’t they? — saying you couldn’t do it, the game was over … You pulled off the greatest Super Bowl comeback of all time,” Trump said.

It’s worth noting Trump didn’t mention Tom Brady once during his remarks, as the quarterback was not there. He was back in Boston spending time with his family.

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