Report: President Donald Trump planning to attend LSU-Clemson national championship game in New Orleans
President Donald Trump is reportedly expected to be among those attending the College Football Playoff national championship game in New Orleans, according to a report by Elizabeth Crisp of The Advocate. Crisp cites a source “familiar with preparations underway but not authorized to discuss them publicly.”
Crisp goes on to write that the White House would not confirm the President’s plans on Jan. 13. The report notes that Trump’s plans could change if tensions escalate with Iran.
The news does not come as a huge surprise as Trump previously attended LSU vs. Alabama in Tuscaloosa on Nov. 9. The President also attended the Alabama vs. Georgia national championship game in Atlanta after the 2017 season. Trump called LSU coach Ed Orgeron on Monday to congratulate the Tigers on the 63-28 blowout win over Oklahoma in the Peach Bowl.
“I was very honored to get a call from President Trump,” Orgeron said on a Tuesday teleconference. “He was very pleasant to talk to. Very complimentary of our football team, our coaching staff. Complimentary of the way the state of Louisiana has rallied around us. Was complimentary of the way we played all year and wished us good luck in the game.”
Fans attending the game can prepare to be asked to get to the Superdome early as there will be heightened security.
LSU vs. Clemson is set for an 8 p.m. ET kickoff. The game will air on ESPN.