Trump strode onto the field, clapping, and wearing a “Keep America Great Again” cap with “45” on it. He gave the coin toss following the invocation and the National Anthem, performed by a combined Army-Navy chorus. The President was thanked by a mic’d referee supervising the toss of a special commemorative coin.
Navy won the toss (tails) and deferred to Army getting the ball first.
Before the game, President Trump visited both locker rooms to wish the players well. He also had a special new Presidential order designed for them.
Unlike past years, any player from the military academies who wish to pursue a professional football career will not have to wait until their service is completed. In the past, players had to serve their full military commitment before embarking on a pro career. They can now defer their service until their pro career is finished.
The game was televised nationally by CBS.