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Report: President Trump got Belichick on phone to find out what's up with Tom Brady

John Tomase
May 03, 2018 - 1:16 am
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The Iran nuclear deal, the fate of the Dreamers, and that whole Russia thing can wait. President Trump has serious issues to discuss -- namely, what's going on with Tom Brady?

Tucked into a New York Times story about John Kelly's tenuous position as Trump's chief of staff on Thursday was this nugget, courtesy reporters Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Maggie Haberman:

Mr. Kelly, for his part, is sanguine about how little control he has over how the president chooses to spend his time. At a breakfast event last week for Senator Tom Cotton, Republican of Arkansas, Mr. Kelly marveled that Mr. Trump had spent a long time the day before on the phone with Bill Belichick, the New England Patriots coach, talking about the status of Tom Brady, the star quarterback, according to two people familiar with his remarks, one of whom was present.

Belichick memorably endorsed Trump before the 2016 election with a handwritten note praising his "amazing" leadership. "You have dealt with an unbelievable (sic) slanted and negative media, and have come out beautifully -- beautifully," Belichick wrote in a piece of Trumpian prose. "You've proved to be the ultimate competitor and fighter."

Brady once endorsed Trump by displaying a Make America Great Again hat in his locker and saying, "It would be great," if Trump were elected president. He has since changed his tune, declining to reveal his vote in the election, skipping the White House visit after beating the Falcons in the Super Bowl, and telling Kirk & Callahan, "I certainly disagree" with Trump's stance on the anthem protests.

That Trump would be as curious as the rest of us about Brady's status shouldn't come as a surprise. Unfortunately, the story doesn't disclose what Belichick said, though the famously loose-lipped Trump could very easily let slip if he feels like it.

In any event, there was also no word if the two discussed the Super Bowl benching of Malcolm Butler.

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