President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump attended the college football national championship Monday night in New Orleans, Louisiana, receiving a loud ovation when their presence was announced. In the moments leading to the national anthem before kickoff, the Trumps received a rousing applause from the crowd, coupled with chants of "USA, USA."
The president and first lady walked onto the field alongside the ROTC members from LSU and Clemson, the teams competing for college football's top prize at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Monday. While walking with the ROTC, the Trumps stopped to wave at the USA-chanting crowd while ROTC members continued marching to designated spots.
The president and Melania found their designated spots next to the ROTC members and held their right hands over their hearts for the national anthem in what's considered to be friendly territory for them.
Monday's national championship is the third college football game the president has attended this season, and the second played by LSU. Trump attended the November 9, 2019, game between No. 2 LSU on the road in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, against the No. 3 Alabama Crimson Tide.