President Donald Trump gets predictably warm welcome at Alabama-LSU , Less than three minutes into the game between No. 3 Alabama and No. 2 LSU, Trump and First Lady Melania Trump were shown on the big screen scoreboard at Bryant-Denny Stadium .
Overall, the reaction would be considering adoring and indicative of the political tenor in a state where he’s adored. Trump arrived at Bryant-Denny Stadium close to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, sitting in a suite above the 35-yard line.
Fans below him in Section JJ turned and pointed to Trump soon after he walked in. He was surrounded by suit-clad Secret Service members in the suite. Unlike his appearance at the national title game in January of 2018,
Trump was not on the field pre-game for the national anthem. Alabama officials introduced him at the first break in the game, prompting the round of cheers. The cheer for Trump was similar to the one for coach Nick Saban, who led the Crimson Tide out of the tunnel at 2:38 p.m. to an adoring roar from the crowd.
The positive greeting fits with how Alabama votes politically, as Trump has a 59 percent approval in the state, compared to 37 percent of residents who do not approve. That gap of 22 percent is the highest of any state in America.
Air Force One landed about an hour before the scheduled 2:42 p.m. kickoff and Trump exited the plane at 1:55 p.m. His arrival and exit was covered on local television here, underscoring the importance for the area. As Trump headed over to the sold-out stadium of more than 101,000 fans, the crowd delighted in a sing-song version of “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd.
This marks the third college football game that Trump has attended during his time in office. He’s attended two of the past three Army-Navy games, but one of those came as ,