Atlanta's mayor is promising a "safe, smooth and secure" college football championship game on Monday, despite the traffic caused by President Donald Trump's motorcade, but none of the many agencies involved are taking any chances. First Lady Melania Trump is also expected to attend the contest.
Trump will be hosted by Nick Ayers, who is Vice President Mike Pence's Chief Of Staff, according to three people with knowledge of the president's plans.
White House Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders opened today's press briefing with a congratulatory message from the President. In the first semifinal game earlier in the day, UGA mounted a come-from-behind 54-48 overtime win over No. 2 Oklahoma.
FILE- In this Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, file photo, Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick (29) warms up before the Sugar Bowl NCAA college football game against Clemson in New Orleans.
When pressed about what she meant by calling the two states "Trump country", Sanders said she was simply trying to congratulate "two great football teams in the greatest conference in the country". "We look forward to a fantastic national championship between Georgia and Alabama next week". Seeds have advanced to the championship game.
Trump - who a year ago said any NFL player who kneeled during the national anthem should be fired, sparking a lengthy controversy around the league - also will welcome the World Series champion Houston Astros to the White House at a future date. The Dawgs avenged that loss by soundly defeating the Tigers in the SEC championship game.