President Trump on Monday welcomed the NCAA football champion Clemson University Tigers to the White House.

Trump praised the athletes and Coach Dabo Swinney for their resolve, particularly in overcoming being down 14-0 during the championship game.

"They look like the real deal, don't they?" Trump said. "Congratulations to all of you and to your terrific coach and you know who that is, right? Do we love him?"

Trump commended the university's academics and called Clemson President James Clements a "winner" and "el presidente."

"Standing next to the coach is another winner, your el presidente, Jim Clements. That's another winner. I'll tell you that," Trump said. "We don't talk about Jim too much, but number one he made a lot of good decisions. Number two, what people don't realize about Clemson it's a great academic school. One of the top 25."

Trump welcomed those attending the ceremony and thanked South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster for endorsing him during his presidential campaign.

"You have many dedicated fans and admirers here today to celebrate your victory including distinguished members of Congress, lots of them. I especially want to thank your Gov. Henry McMaster, my friend, my endorser, and don't forget he endorsed me when it wasn't exactly in vogue to do that," Trump said.

Clemson defeated the University of Alabama to win the college football national championship Jan. 10 after scoring the game-winning touchdown with one second left in the game.