President Donald Trump hosted the Washington Nationals at the White House on Monday to celebrate their first World Series title.
While Nationals’ pitcher Sean Doolittle announced he would turn down the invitation to go to the White House, the players who went seemed very happy to be there with Trump.
Ryan Zimmerman, a first-baseman for the Nationals, thanked Trump for, “continuing to make America the greatest country to live in the world,” and gave the president a Nationals team jersey with the number 45 on the back:
“We’d also like to thank you for keeping everyone here safe in our country, and continuing to make America the greatest country to live in the world.”
Zimmerman added that it was “an unbelievable honor” to be at the White House.
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Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki walked out to the podium and donned a Make America Great Again hat, prompting Trump to hug him, saying, “I love him!”
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The Nationals celebrated their victory with a parade in Washington, D.C., on Saturday. The team won their first World Series title a day before Halloween last week after defeating the Houston Astros 6-2.
Trump made a rare appearance at a sporting event during Game 5 of the series and was met with boos when he and First Lady Melania Trump were introduced.