President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump offers Australian PM assistance in fighting widespread firesTrump administration officials begin drafting potential Iraq sanctions after Trump threat: reportPence to focus on US Iran policy in speechMORE is expected to be in the stands next Monday for the College Football Playoff national championship game in New Orleans, according to two people familiar with the plans.
Trump will travel to the Superdome on Jan. 13 for the matchup between the Clemson University Tigers and the Louisiana State University (LSU) Tigers.
A Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) advisory was posted Monday for VIP movement in New Orleans, another indication the president would be in town for the game.
Trump, an avid football fan, previously attended the college football title game in 2018 when it was played in Atlanta. He stood on the field during the national anthem and left the stadium at halftime.
The president is likely to receive a warm welcome at the Superdome in New Orleans. He won the state of Louisiana by roughly 20 percentage points in 2016, and won the state of South Carolina, where Clemson is located, by about 14 percentage points.
Clemson is the defending national champion, and the team visited the White House last January. The celebration took place during a government shutdown, and Trump served the team fast food from Burger King, McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Domino’s Pizza.
The president spoke highly of LSU during his multiple visits to Louisiana ahead of its gubernatorial election last year, singling out quarterback Joe Burrow for praise. He also reportedly called LSU head coach Ed Orgeron following the team’s semifinal win on Dec. 28.
Monday’s championship will mark the third college football game Trump will attend in person this season. He attended the highly anticipated matchup between LSU and the University of Alabama Crimson Tide in November, and Trump traveled to Philadelphia in December for the annual Army vs. Navy game.