President Donald Trump welcomed the national champion Clemson Tigers football team to the White House on Monday, and praised them for being winners.
Alongside head coach Dabo Swinney and Clemson University President Jim Clements, Trump said the Tigers’ dramatic victory over college football juggernaut Alabama was one of the greatest games he had ever watched.
“People are going to be talking about what you did for a very, very long time,” Trump said.
The president didn’t hesitate to also name-drop his close friends and supporters. He complimented South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, who endorsed him early in the 2016 race, saying “don’t forget he endorsed me when it wasn’t in vogue to do that.”
He went on to bring up a time he was hanging out with New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick as he also praised Swinney. “I was with coach Belichick. He said this guy [Swinney] is a real coach. You can’t do better than that,” Trump said.
The Tigers are the second championship-winning team to visit the Trump White House, after the Patriots visited in April to celebrate their latest Super Bowl win. Patriots owner Robert Kraft is a prominent Trump supporter, and Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady have a relationship with the president.