The relationship between Donald Trump and Tom Brady has been a running topic of discussion ever since Trump declared he would be running for president. Brady has kept a "Make America Great Again" cap in his locker at Gillette Stadium, and while he's attempted to distance himself from the political side of things, he has called Trump a "good friend."
On Monday, Trump joined WEEI to speak with the Dennis and Callahan Show, and he hit on whether or not he was hoping Brady would officially endorse him.
"No, because I told him not to," Trump said. "He’s got sponsors, he’s got all of his different things that he has to do. And I told him not to.
"He couldn’t be nicer. There was an article in GQ, he said, 'Trump’s the biggest winner, you can’t beat Trump' and all that stuff. And I said, 'Don’t do that, because you may have a sponsor that doesn’t like me.' They may be liberal, they may be something. And I don’t want him to get involved in that stuff. It’s hard for athletes.
"Now, with that being said, I have had many athletes endorse me. Lots of different guys have endorsed me, which is great. But Tom’s in a very interesting position, and I said, 'Tom, don’t do that.' What he does is he says great stuff about me.
"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."
Trump also counts Robert and Jonathan Kraft among his friends -- he has sat alongside the Krafts during Patriots games in the past -- but he hasn't asked for an endorsement from them either, he said.
"I’ve never asked them," Trump said. "I am friends, [but] I’ve never asked them for their support. If they want to support, they can support.
"You know, I find endorsements . . . They are friends, and perhaps they have other friends that are running, too. If they want to support me they can. That’s up to them. I wouldn’t ask them. I never ask people for support.
"Like, Tom came out with beautiful statements about me the last couple of weeks in GQ. I never asked him to do that. It’s nice that he does it. But I don’t like to ask people for support. If they want to support me, they can support me."
While Trump may never officially get Brady's backing, he went on record to say he wished Brady was playing in Super Bowl 50.
“We needed our guy in there,” Trump said. “That was just a boring game. Am I the only one that thought that?
"It was a terrible game, it was terribly played. The whole thing, it had a bad vibe. Well, we need Tom. We’re a little prejudiced, so anyways. Next year Tom will be in there."