Oops! Trump welcomes Boston 'Red Socks' to White House

May JohnsonMay 12, 2019

"But they've opted to go in a completely different direction", he said. However, recalling the 2018 playoffs, the president's mention of the "arch rival" New York Yankees drew even louder cheers from attendees. Think about it, all the stuff that has been going on since (Trump) took office. I'll respect it. I don't think that's a big deal.

Cora, a native of Puerto Rico, sat out Thursday's events in protest against Mr. Trump's treatment of the island in the wake of a pair of devastating hurricanes. Those kids went out there and they played their heart out.

In September 2017, several months after the team won the 2017 National Basketball Association championship, Trump rescinded his invitation to the team to visit the White House in honor of their win. "The government has done some things back home that are great, but we still have a long ways to go", Cora told the Associated Press earlier this week.

The players who did attend beamed beside the president, as he praised their winning season. Here is C-SPAN's video of Werner on Thursday as he recalled Trump's tour of the Lincoln Bedroom. Cora pointed out Sunday that he has spoken out about the plight of Puerto Ricans in the past and added that he doesn't "feel comfortable in the White House".

The 2018 World Series champs accepted the invite and will visit the White House on Thursday afternoon, but only a portion of the team will be on hand.

Trump walked out to the South Lawn of the White House for the ceremony flanked by Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale and outfielder J.D. Martinez - who as the only player of color to announce before the event that he would attend.

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Not all the team members have publicly shared why they're not attending.

"He's doing well this year", Trump said.

"Unfortunately, we are still struggling, still fighting", Cora said in a statement.

Those around the Red Sox locker room stressed that a player's decision to attend was a personal choice and not, in many cases, political.

Cora stressed that he didn't want to make the visit about Puerto Rico.

For some players, it might be their only chance for a White House invite. Trump has also instituted a new tradition for the ceremonies, scrapping gourmet meals in favor of offering plates of fast food to athletes.

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