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Donald Trump name-drops Tom Brady — again — in New England

Donald Trump spoke in Portsmouth, N.H. Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe

Tom Brady might be keeping quiet over his friendship and potential support for Donald Trump.

Trump, however, is refusing to return the favor.

At a New Hampshire rally on Saturday, the GOP nominee name-dropped the popular Patriots quarterback’s name, as well as that of New England’s venerable coach, Bill Belichick.

“I have so many great friends in New England, including Tom Brady and Coach Belichick,” Trump said at a rally in Portsmouth. “How good is Tom? Remember last year, he had the red hats?”

Trump was, of course, referring to how a “Make America Great Again” hat, featuring a campaign slogan for Trump, was seen in Brady’s locker last season.


But if Brady is planning to vote for Trump, he’s not telling.

The Patriots quarterback, who previously called the Republican presidential candidate a “good friend,” was asked this past Wednesday for his thoughts on the controversy swirling around Trump.

“Tom, you have kids of your own. How would you respond if your kids heard Donald Trump’s version of ‘locker room talk?’” asked NECN reporter Jonathan Choe, referring to Trump’s characterization of the lewd and crude comments he made on a leaked video of an appearance on “Access Hollywood” a decade ago.

Brady smiled but didn’t answer.

“Thank you, guys,” he told reporters. “Have a good day.”

Trump previously said Brady hasn’t endorsed the real estate mogul because “I told him not to.”

“He’s got sponsors, he’s got all of his different things that he has to do. And I told him not to,” Trump said in February. “I think he would do it if I asked him. I’ve never asked him to do it. But I think he’d do it if I asked him.”

And after winning the Republican primary in Massachusetts earlier this year, Trump said he credits his friendship with Brady.


“Honestly, in that part of the world, a reference like Tom Brady saying Trump’s the biggest winner, Trump is a friend of mine, that makes an incredible difference,” Trump said. “Tom Brady is a great friend of mine. He’s a winner and he likes winners. He was very helpful to us in Massachusetts on Tuesday.”

On an appearance on “The Dr. Oz Show” last month, Trump said that he sometimes plays golf with Brady. He said that when he’s with the 39-year-old Brady, ‘‘I feel I’m the same age as him. It’s crazy.’’

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had a ‘‘Make America Great Again’’ hat from the Trump campaign in his locker in 2015.AP/File