The Alabama football program made its way to the nation’s capital on Tuesday afternoon to meet president Donald Trump and to take a tour of the White House. It marked the fifth time under head coach Nick Saban that the Crimson Tide have earned a White House trip, but it’s the first time since Trump took office.
Trump was actually present at the College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia this year and made his way own to the field.
The president was flanked by military members during a performance of the national anthem, which led to some entertaining memes when it appeared that he had forgotten the lyrics to the “Star Spangled Banner.”
But that is all in the past, and Trump was excited to see a championship team happily making the trip.
Trump was all smiles when he received his custom Alabama jersey.
During the visit, Trump was his usual jovial self and cracked a little joke at the expense of the LSU Tigers.
President Donald Trump to Nick Saban: “Was it five or six (national championships)? I thought it was six.”
Saban: “Five here and one at LSU.”
Trump: “They shouldn’t have let you go, coach. They’re thinking about that.”
— Marq Burnett (@Marq_Burnett) April 10, 2018
Ouch. That one has to sting.
Donald Trump wasn’t the only one enjoying Saban and company’s visit, either. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a former Alabama congressman, was caught on camera dropping a “Roll Tide.”
‘ROLL TIDE’: At a White House event for the University of Alabama football team, Attorney General and former Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions declined a question about whether talked to Pres. Trump today, one day after the FBI raid on Trump’s personal attorney. https://t.co/KCSPakvYF1 pic.twitter.com/PYSB4TMLXP
— World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) April 10, 2018
Alabama finished the 2017 campaign with a 13-1 record. The Crimson Tide went on to blow out last year’s national champion Clemson in the College Football Playoff semifinal, before an epic nailbiter against rival Georgia in the national title game. The Crimson Tide needed an epic comeback led by true freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and an overtime period to come away with a 26-23 win in an instant classic.