Dec 8, 2018, 5:39 PM ET

Trump performs coin toss at Army-Navy football game in first visit as president

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President Donald Trump made the honorary coin toss at the 119th Army-Navy game, one of the oldest rivalries in college football. Navy won the toss.

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The president was joined by Secretary of Defense James Mattis on the field for the national anthem and toss. Trump shook hands with the captains for the Black Knights and Midshipmen afterward and then joined the Navy side to kick off the game.

Between quarters the president, who had once attended New York Military Academy in the Hudson Valley, switched off between sitting on the Army side and the Navy side to show he's not biased one way or the other.

It was the president's first visit to the game as commander-in-chief, though he had visited as president-elect in 2016 and made an appearance on CBS Sports.

PHOTO: The Corps of Cadets from the United States Military Academy at West Point marches on to the field before the 119th Army-Navy game, Dec 8, 2018, in Philadelphia.Danny Wild/USA TODAY Sports
The Corps of Cadets from the United States Military Academy at West Point marches on to the field before the 119th Army-Navy game, Dec 8, 2018, in Philadelphia.

“I just love the armed forces,” Trump said in 2016. “I mean, I don’t know if it’s necessarily the best football, but it’s very good. But, boy, do they have a spirit. More than anybody. It’s beautiful.”

Since the storied match-up between the Black Knights and Midshipmen began in 1890, 10 sitting presidents have attended. President Barack Obama visited for the game in 2011.

Before the coin toss, the stadium joined in a moment of silence for the late President George H.W. Bush, a former Navy aviator.

Joining Trump and Mattis at the game were Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford and his replacement, Gen. Mark Milley, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, Sen. James Risch, R-Idaho, and Sen. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma.

Army has won the last three games against Navy. The "Commander in Chief" trophy is awarded to one of the three service academies with the best record and this year, it went to Army for the second consecutive year.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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  • Chuck

    Coin toss was for: Will I or Won't I go to jail and be impeached.

  • david levitt

    I bet "his generals" were thrilled. draft dodger at army/navy game. more American humiliation from trumpy.

  • avanti

    I take it his bone spurs didn't prevent him from walking out for the coin toss? At least the weather wasn't so bad that he was unable to go like for the memorial events. He's only a fair weather military supporter.

  • Alpha_177

    Trump should be good at this since this is how he picks cabinet members....

  • Alpha_177

    Where's the coin? Seriously, where is it?

  • owthathurts

    They got him to do it by telling him he could keep the coin.

  • AlexaGuyer

    “I just love the armed forces." Yet when he had the chance to be one, he decided to take FIVE deferments and said his personal Viet Nam was navigating the swinging single life in NYC and not getting an STD.

  • David Goldin

    Cute story, except for the part where Trump pocketed the coin at the end.

  • Forward forward

    Good of Mr Trump to tough it out through the bone spurs. They must really act up when he gets around real American patriots.

  • justanewsreader

    No WW2 visit - not center of attention. No Pearl Harbor acknowledgement - not center of attention. But, wait, OH - center of football field at A/N Game. Sure. Center of attention. Gotta love modesty.

  • justanewsreader

    Even though the Umpire showed the Idiot how to flip a coin, he throws it in the air like he was released a frigging pigeon.

  • larryroth702

    This coin toss requires someone who can "Walk and chew gum at the same time". Normally this would disqualify Trump but he did practice a lot and had only the best coaches to help him.

  • Tom Adams

    Another chance for the idiot-in-chief to be the center of attention.

  • Michael McKay

    When the refs asked Trump to toss the coin, Trump pocketed the coin then claimed Obama and Clinton, along with an angry mob of Dems and with the help of an invasion of asylum seekers, stole the coin. Bad Hombres stole it! Perhaps the illegals Trump hires at this resorts can help us track it down.

  • Bluejay

    What, he's changed from throwing paper towels at people?

  • mikevietvet68/69

    i'll defend all the trump haters by saying he loves the armed forces so much cause he did not show respect on veterans day by going to arlington....furthermore he will never get any votes from the real veterans of the war in vietnam,did his off-spring bring out the heads of the animals they killed so they qualify for rifle badges?

  • Leopbjs

    I thought maybe he would take Baron. Poor kid doesn’t seem to get much attention from him. Second thought maybe that’s a good thing.

  • Bob Marley

    Wise: not wide *

  • Bob Marley

    Wide one: Do you really hate President Trump that much? You seem to ( by ur posts) be consumed & literally eat up inside with hate. Can u even function with ur fellow man with such hate in you?

  • Bob Marley

    Alex, try to be an adult. This article is about a football game. Geeez, can't you even stay on topic?

  • BD70

    Trump loves the armed services as he fantasizes that he is the ruler of the US.

  • EC Patriot

    I hope someone checked his pockets - he likely stole the coin!

  • Dennis Lynn

    Trump tosses coin to the right - dems outraged promise congressional investigation.

  • Bud Simpson

    When his coin flip came up tails, Trump immediately claimed it was because of a group of deep seated Democrats that were trying to undermine his administration.

  • Truthfully

    trump performs coin toss????????

    That's a joke right?

  • catmom

    I sure hate the way trump shows love. He has only shown me intolerance, ignorance and an it's not me or my family so who cares.

  • Just Watching

    No doubt the losing team blame him for the loss.

  • streetglide16

    I was hoping trumps coin flip would stay on edge and be neither heads or tails and he would be asked to leave, then they could have someone else, a real american (plenty of them there) flip the coin the right way.

  • Grrrrrr

    "Mr. President, the coin..."

    Trump: "What coin?"

    "The one you put in your pocket..."

  • Robin

    was the coin bigger than his hand?

  • DEM-Castballot

    That had to be awkward for Trump to stand amongst our warriors.Knowing his dad kept him as far out of harms way as possible.Like thousands of miles away.

  • Jen Bordon

    It was a silver ruble.

  • Bobo McStevens

    Probably pocketed it afterwards.

  • Jake real Jake

    Did the Cheap skate pocket the coin?

  • Prophet With Honor

    It appears he didn't (contrary to my fears) screw this up.
    I actually feel odd giving him that minimal credit.

  • Alex Ross

    "The United States is isolated from its traditional partners. The investigation by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III into Russian interference is intensifying. And court filings Friday in a separate federal case implicated Trump in a felony."

    Coin toss that.

  • David

    Trump could use his favorite caveat "it can go either way", and it would actually be true in this case.