President Donald Trump to attend Army-Navy football game Saturday in Philadelphia

An Army cadet displays a sign for then President-elect Donald Trump in the first half of the Army-Navy game at M&T Bank Stadium in 2016.

President Donald Trump will attend Saturday's Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia.

The White House confirmed Trump's attendance to the Associated Press on Tuesday.


Trump also went to the 2016 game at M&T Bank Stadium when he was president-elect.

Trump will be the 10th sitting president to attend Army-Navy, a tradition that began with Theodore Roosevelt in 1901. Barack Obama was the most recent president to attend the game, in 2011 at FedEx Field in Landover.


Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk said at the annual pregame luncheon in Philadelphia last week that that school is always prepared for the president to attend.

The 108th football meeting between Army and Navy will be the 20th game attended by a president.

The commander in chief traditionally switches sides of the field at halftime.

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, center, attends the 2016 Army-Navy football game with former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, third from left, at M&T Bank Stadium.