Not all Patriots - including an unexpected one - attending White House celebration

Per Daniels, here is the full list of players who did not travel to the White House.

Spicer, Trump's gaffe-prone press secretary, was taking questions from reporters about the president's nuclear negotiations with Iran when Gronkowski suddenly appeared from a side door.

Gronkowski made a surprise visit to the White House briefing room during a televised briefing.

"Sean, you need some help?"

That led to laughter from the press corps. Spicer replied, "I think I got this, but thank you".

A New England Patriots player who was born and raised in New Mexico was among those who skipped out on a White House meeting with President Donald Trump this week.

Brady is a personal friend of Trump's, and the president often cited the quarterback while out on the campaign trail previous year.

The White House is aware of "potential negative impacts" from a review ordered by Trump of whether lifting sanctions through the Iran nuclear deal was in US national security interests, his spokesman says.

Brady said that he has "family matters" to attend to, according to a statement published by ESPN.

"When my son grows up", Long said, "and I believe the legacy of our president is going to be what it is, I don't want him to say, 'Hey Dad, why'd you go when you knew the right thing was to not go?'"

"Uhh, maybe", Spicer said, laughing.

FILE - In this February 6, 2017, file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady walks off with his MVP trophy during a news conference after the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game in Houston. He also thanked President Donald Trump for hosting the celebration "and for supporting our team for as long as I can remember". Brady cited Trumps' overall a-hole-ness and disregard for men, women and children of color as the reason he won't be making the visit.

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