Trump's 3rd Army-Navy Game as President Will Rank Him No. 2, Behind a Democrat

President Donald Trump will make his third appearance at the annual Army-Navy game this Saturday, and it could perhaps be his last as the commander-in-chief.

Even while the White House contests the 2020 election in battleground states, Trump has marched forward as leader of the free world. That means another showing at the Army-Navy football battle this weekend.

It will be the third-straight year Trump has attended the game, and fourth since getting elected in 2016. He attended the 2016 game as president-elect and joined the CBS play-by-play tandem in the broadcast booth that year.

Only two other sitting presidents have attended at least three Army-Navy games, and only one other has done it in more consecutive years than Trump. George W. Bush attended in 2001, 2004 and 2008. Harry Truman attended the game seven-consecutive years (1945-50), and he tacked on another year in 1952.

Trump, who made strengthening the military one of his main objectives during his only term so far, is reportedly attending the game this Saturday on the West Point campus. This will be the first time the game has been played on one of the campuses since 1943.

"The president's going to make it," Chet Gladchuk told the Naval Academy's Board of Visitors on Monday. "I just found out a few moments ago he'll be at the game."

Trump at Army-Navy Game 2020
US President Donald Trump joins West Point cadets during the the Army v. Navy Football game in Philadelphia on December 14, 2019. Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images

The annual Army-Navy game, which is typically played at a neutral site and chocked with chivalry and pageantry, will be played at an academy site for only the sixth time in the 121 games in this esteemed history, according to the Military Times.

However, the social distancing during COVID-19 times might make it feel like just another neutral site.

"The field has been changed," Gladchuck said. "The way we're seated, spacing, even the hospitality accommodations, are all split right down the middle."

Trump will be the first sitting president to attend at least three games since Bush attended the 2008 contest. President Barack Obama attended his only game in 2011, and President Bill Clinton only attended the 1996 contest.

President Gerald Ford attended the 1974 game. Ford, a well-known college football player himself, was the first president to attend the annual game since John F. Kennedy, who made appearances in 1961 and 1962. Kennedy, a Naval Academy graduate, was assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963, before that year's Army-Navy game.

President Harry Truman made annual visits to the game from 1945 (after World War II ended) all the way until 1950, and then showed up again in 1952.

President Theodore Roosevelt was the first sitting president to attend the Army-Navy game in 1901 at Franklin Field, and he made another visit in 1905.

President Woodrow Wilson watched Army defeat Navy in 1913, and Calvin Coolidge saw Army beat Navy in 1924. Then there was a 21-year stretch before Truman attended.

Coolidge was the first president to sit on one side during the first half and then switch sides at halftime—a tradition still observed by presidents today. Kennedy was the first to take part in the ceremonial coin toss.

This Saturday's game will be at 3 p.m. ET, and it will be broadcast on CBS.