President-elect Donald Trump was welcomed at Saturday’s 117th matchup between the Navy Midshipmen and the Army Black Knights with the tune of cheers.
At the end of halftime, Trump went up to the booth to conduct an interview with CBS’s Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson with chants of “USA!” from the crowd before the interview began.
When the president-elect showed up on the stadium jumbotron, the stadium erupted with cheers.
“That is some scene. The cadets and the midshipmen are both reacting on the scoreboard,” Lundquist said.
“I love the armed forces, love the folks. The spirit is so incredible,” Trump told Lundquist and Danielson at the beginning of the interview.
When Danielson asked the president-elect if it was “humbling” to be surrounded by so many military members knowing he will be serving as president soon, Trump responded, “It is humbling, it’s a great honor, but it’s a great responsibility, and when you see these incredible people, we just want to be strong — and they want to be strong. It’s beautiful to see, and the spirit — you don’t see this at any game. I go to many games, you don’t see this kind of spirit anywhere. These are just amazing people.”
Danielson told Trump to consider Lundquist, who is calling his final football game, as the ambassador to Sweden.
“That sounds like a great idea. I would do that in a heartbeat,” Trump replied. “I think Sweden would be very happy.”
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