Cheers and applause rained down on President Donald Trump at the 2019 Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia on Saturday, Dec. 14.

The Saturday annual battle was between the commander-in-chief of the U.S. Armed Forces from cadets of West Point military academy and their rivals from the U.S. Naval Academy. During the break, “stadium-wide applause and roars from a crowd for POTUS,” Twitter @bennyjohnson wrote.

Before the game, President Trump visited both locker rooms, where he shook hands with players and wished them a good game.

In the Army locked room, President Trump explained the executive order to the athletes: “So what we’re doing now is you’ll go out and you’ll make a fortune! And after you’re all finished with your professional career, you’ll go and you’ll serve. And everybody’s thrilled.”

The executive order will allow football players at U.S. military academies to go directly to the NFL after they graduate and defer their military service. Right now, athletes must first complete their service before they can play pro football, according to the White House

After the game, President Trump tweeted: “It was my Great Honor to attend the 120th Army-Navy game today in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania! Incredible young, strong and brilliant people. Army/Navy!”

This is the third time the president has appeared at an Army-Navy game. Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo joined President Trump at the game.

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