Gen. Belichick? Trump Says Patriots Coach Has Military Chops

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President Trump shakes hands with coach Bill Belichick.
President Trump shakes hands with New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, April 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Bill Belichick has eight Super Bowl rings. Maybe he should also have four stars.

In a call with conservative radio show host Hugh Hewitt aired Tuesday, President Donald Trump said he thinks the legendary New England Patriots coach — a master strategist on the football field — would make a solid military leader.

“If I ever had a military battle, I’d call Belichick up and say, ‘What do you think, what do you think? Give me a couple of ideas,'" Trump said. “He’d be as good as any general out there.”

Belichick, who won two Super Bowls with the Giants and six more with the Patriots, didn't immediately react to the president's comments.

The two have been on friendly terms. After the 2016 election, Trump read a letter from Belichick at an appearance in New Hampshire in which the coach congratulated the president for his “toughness and perseverance.”

Trump told Hewitt he thinks Belichick is “an incredible coach” and called him “a very good friend of mine.”

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