Donald Trump reportedly still wants Robert Kraft to attend Patriots White House visit amidst prostitution case

Alex Reimer
March 21, 2019 - 1:30 pm
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Donald Trump still wants Robert Kraft to attend the Patriots’ Super Bowl celebration at the White House, according to Politico.

Citing a senior White House official, the beltway publication says the President and Kraft have spoken since the Patriots owner was charged last month with soliciting prostitution. His arraignment is slated for next Wednesday.

“Public memory is so short that inviting Robert Kraft last month would have been not cool," another White House official told Politico. "But if [the Patriots] are not going to come until late spring, we’ll have to see what’s going on at that time."

The White House Office of the Public Liaison, which prepares the team White House visits, is reportedly waiting to see whether Kraft is formally invited before moving forward with preparations for the event. 

It’s not surprising Trump is standing behind Kraft. He’s often supported friends and allies accused of sexual misconduct, such as Fox anchor Bill O’Reilly and failed Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore. Trump also hired former Fox News president Bill Shine, who reportedly helped cover up Roger Ailes’ misdeeds, to serve as his communications director. 

Trump was asked about the charges against Kraft when they were first announced, saying he was surprised to see his longtime pal ensnared in the widespread prostitution bust. "It's very sad. I was very surprised to see it,” Trump told reporters, per USA Today. “He's proclaimed his innocence, totally, but I am very surprised to see it.”

Trump was photographed watching the Super Bowl with the founder of the Jupiter-based Asian day spa that police caught Kraft frequenting in January. Cindy Yang, who sold the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in 2013, is a fervent financial backer of Trump’s. Democrats recently asked the FBI and other intelligence agencies to investigate Yang for selling access to Trump events to Chinese businesspeople. 

Though Kraft broke with Trump during the NFL kneeling saga, he’s mostly been a fervent supporter of the president’s. Before the Super Bowl, Kraft said on Trump’s favorite TV show, “Fox & Friends,” he was “working very hard to serve the best interests of the country.”

During Trump’s first year in office, Kraft was photographed boarding Air Force One and dining at Mar-a-Lago with Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Kraft is also reportedly one of at least seven people, along with the president’s adult sons, whose calls are dispatched to Trump at any time. 

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