PHILADELPHIA – PHILADELPHIA – President Donald Trump mixed politics and sports on Saturday, announcing the withdrawal of his chief of staff before deciding on the Army Navy football game to meet in the historic rivalry between the service academies and the official coin toss at Lincoln Financial Field, home of the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles. Navy called themselves "tails," and that was when Trump's coin landed on the grass. The navy chose the start.
When he left the White House, Trump told reporters that Chief of Staff John Kelly would resign at the end of the year. The president was soon to appoint a replacement and a White House official said Nick Ayers, Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff, was Trump's first choice.
Early Saturday, Trump elected an army general, Mark Milley, as his next chief military adviser.
Trump, who saw the Army Navy competition as elected president in 2016, is the 10th sitting president to participate in the game. President Theodore Roosevelt was the first in 1901.
Like former Commander-in-Chief, Trump was expected to switch sides at half-time to demonstrate impartiality.
no. 22 Army (9-2) is in the AP Top 25 for the first time since 1996. The Black Knights have won seven in a row and defeated the Navy (3-9) for two consecutive years.
The series began in 1890 and Navy performs 60-51-7.