ABC News(PHILADELPHIA) — President Trump conducted the coin toss at the 119th Army-Navy game on Saturday, one of the oldest rivalries in college football.
Navy correctly called tails, winning the toss.
The president was joined by Sec. of Defense James Mattis on the field for the national anthem and coin toss. He shook hands with teach team’s captains and sat on the Navy side to start the game.
Later, the president switched sides of the field to show his impartiality.
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.
Since the storied match-up between the Black Knights and Midshipmen began in 1890, 10 sitting presidents have attended including President Barack Obama 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 President Trump and Sec. of Defense Mattis at the game were Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Dunford and his replacement, Gen. Mark Milley, Sec. of State Pompeo, Sec of Interior Zinke, Sen. James Risch, R-Idaho, and Sen. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma.
Army won the game 17-10, their fourth consecutive win over Navy. With the victory, Army retained the “Commander in Chief” trophy, which is awarded to the three-way series between Army, Navy and the Air Force Academy.
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