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Donald Trump gives shoutout to Patriots, Tom Brady during pre-inauguration speech

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady chats with Donald Trump (Photo by Donna Connor/WireImage)

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady chats with Donald Trump (Photo by Donna Connor/WireImage)

President-elect Donald Trump will assume office today as he is sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. On Thursday, Trump was in Washington, D.C. and gave a speech to supporters in which he made a special call-out to New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who was in attendance. He also mentioned Tom Brady, whom Trump said called to congratulate him.

#BREAKING: President-elect @realDonaldTrump calls out #Patriots
owner Robert Kraft, QB #TomBrady at a GOP dinner in DC. #TrumpInauguration pic.twitter.com/KQA8UWzuy6

— WCVB-TV Boston (@WCVB) January 20, 2017

From the remarks:

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In the audience we have somebody that's under no pressure whatsoever cause he's got a great quarterback named Tom Brady, and a great coach named Belichick: Bob Kraft. So good luck, Bob. Your friend Tom just called, he feels good. He called to congratulate us, he feels good. Good luck. You're going to do great things.

Kraft has been on record as a supporter of Trump's for some time, and on Thursday the New York Times ran a feature on Kraft's in which he said of the President-elect: "Loyalty is important to me, and he has been a wonderful friend."

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The Patriots have been tied to Trump numerous times during the campaign. On the campaign trail Trump read a letter of congratulations written to him by Bill Belichick, and has made numerous mentions of his friendship with Brady.

The Patriots play the Steelers in the AFC Championship game on Sunday.