Trump says Patriots owner Bob Kraft called tax bill ‘incredible'



Patriots fanboy Donald Trump continues to name-drop the New England football team.


This time, President Trump says Patriots owner and pal Robert Kraft told him the new tax bill is “incredible.”


“A friend of mine, Bob Kraft, called me last night,” Trump explained during an impromptu bill-signing Friday morning. “He said this tax bill is incredible. He owns the New England Patriots, but he’s in the paper business and he said based on this tax bill he just wanted to let me know that he’s going to buy a big plant in the great state of North Carolina and he’s going to build a tremendous paper mill there or paper products plant.”


The Kraft Group, which owns companies like Rand-Whitney and International Forest Products, released a statement confirming that Kraft — whose net worth is reportedly $6.2 billion — approves of the bill because he believes it will “drive economic growth.”

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“Mr. Kraft has long been an advocate for tax reform that would be a catalyst for economic growth and job creation,” the statement said. “Yesterday, he had a private conversation with the President to express his support for the tax bill that was just signed, as he believes it will spur significant incremental capital investment that will drive economic growth and most importantly create real wage increases for working Americans across the country. In terms of Mr. Kraft’s own business interests, he is always exploring opportunities locally, nationally and internationally. The Kraft Group currently does business in 95 countries and owns manufacturing facilities in 14 states, including North Carolina. Finally, as we currently understand the bill, Mr. Kraft’s personal taxes will be increasing, a position he supports and expressed to the President months ago was the right thing to do with this piece of legislation for the benefit of all Americans.”


Trump has referenced Kraft, Patriots coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady numerous times, previously describing “the most beautiful letter” of endorsement from Belichick and boasting that Brady voted for him.


Kraft, who gave Trump a Super Bowl ring and donated $1 million to his inauguration, previously told the Daily News why he remains a loyal friend to Trump.

a april 19, 2017, file photo

President Donald Trump is flanked by New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick (l.), and owner Robert Kraft.

(Andrew Harnik/AP)


“When Myra (Kraft) died, Melania and Donald came up to the funeral in our synagogue, then they came for memorial week to visit with me,” Kraft said. “Then he called me once a week for the whole year, the most depressing year of my life when I was down and out. He called me every week to see how I was doing, invited me to things, tried to lift my spirits. He was one of five or six people that were like that. I remember that.”

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The Patriots and New England Revolution owner also wasn’t afraid to criticize the President when he attacked protesting NFL players on Twitter.


“I am deeply disappointed by the tone of the comments made by the President on Friday,” Kraft said in a September statement. “I am proud to be associated with so many players who make such tremendous contributions in positively impacting our communities. Their efforts, both on and off the field, help bring people together and make our community stronger.”

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