It's not uncommon for just a few representatives from Super Bowl championship teams to make the ceremonial trip to the White House.
Trump has particularly close ties to the Patriots, counting owner Bob Kraft and head coach Bill Belichick as friends.
Although daily briefings with White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer occasionally end in fireworks, the Naval Reserve officer has earned a reputation for thinking on his feet and for running a tight ship. Tom Brady His statement came after word of former teammate Aaron Hernandez's suicide, but Brady did not mention him.
McCourty and Long, who is now a free agent and won't be playing for the Patriots next season, released a joint video on social media called "Standing Pats" Friday elaborating on their decision to skip the visit.
And Branch, who visited the White House in 2014 when President Barack Obama was in office, said he is going to "hang out with the family" instead.
Most of the players for the New England Patriots were at the White House Wednesay to take a victory lap after their Super Bowl win over the Atlanta Falcons. Shortly before the event, Brady posted a photo of his parents on Instagram, wishing them a happy anniversary.
Though the White House has yet to comment on Wednesday's turnout at the event to honor the Super Bowl champions, The Boston Globe reported that just 34 players attended the event. "So, we were not able to ask him if the president believed at the moment he said that that the Carl Vinson was indeed heading that direction but Sean Spicer, Wolf, today I'm not sure sort of filled in the blanks or answered the questions that still exist over this fairly extraordinary matter", Zeleny whined.
Their remarks on Wednesday were limited to the ceremony, in which Kraft said, "It's a distinct honor for us to celebrate what was unequivocally our sweetest championship with a very good friend and somebody whose mental toughness and strength I greatly admire". Kraft gave the money via his Kraft Group LLC.
Both Belichick and Kraft are vocal supporters of Trump. Some noted their differences with the Republican administration, though others did not an issue a reason for their absence.