Donald Trump tossed the coin at the Army-Navy football game soon after he announced the departure of his Chief of Staff John Kelly.
The commander in chief flew to Philadelphia for the 119th meeting in the storied rivalry between the service academies and officiated the coin toss at Lincoln Financial Field, home of the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles.
Navy called ‘tails’ which was the was the result when Trump’s flipped coin landed on the turf.
President Trump with the coin toss before #ArmyNavyGame
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) December 8, 2018
Speaking to reporters on Saturday as he was leaving to attend the game, Trump confirmed that Kelly is leaving before the start of the next legislative session.
The staff-shake up allows Trump to start fresh in anticipation of Democrats’ ascension to power in the House in January and and his re-election campaign in 2020.
Trump, who saw the Army-Navy contest in 2016 as president-elect, is the 10th sitting president to go to the game. President Theodore Roosevelt was the first, in 1901.
POTUS was seeing shaking hands with Gen Mark Milley who he said will become his next top military advisor.
Milley is a battle-hardened commander who has served as chief of the Army for the last three years.
Like previous commanders in chief, Trump was expected to switch sides at halftime in a show of impartiality.
The first game between the two service academies took place in 1890. Army won by 17 to 10.
No. 22 Army (9-2) is in the AP Top 25 for the first time since 1996. The Black Knights have won seven in a row and have defeated Navy (3-9) two straight years.
He was joined by State Department secretary Mike Pompeo, Department of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Interior secretary Ryan Zinke, Army’s Mark Esper, and the Navy’s Richard Spencer.
Military members present included current Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford, set to be replaced by General Mark Milley who is also in attendance, Lieutenant General Darryl Williams, and Vice Admiral Walter Carter Jr.