Donald Trump weighs in on potential Raptors visit to White House
Word surfaced this week that the NBA champion Toronto Raptors will meet with Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau during a visit to Parliament Hill in Ottawa at some point in the future, but it was left unclear whether the team would be welcomed at the White House.
While it remains up in the air whether or not an invitation to D.C. will be extended, President Donald Trump has weighed in on a potential ceremony being held in the Raptors’ honor at the White House.
President Trump on whether he would invite the NBA champion Toronto #Raptors to the White House: “If they’d like to do it, we’ll think about that” https://t.co/UvX1jS718e pic.twitter.com/Il1dgNqXEn— CBS News (@CBSNews) June 20, 2019
“They played phenomenal basketball; I watched a little bit of it,” Trump said of the Raptors during a joint press conference with Trudeau. “They were really terrific. … If they’d like to do it, we’ll think about that.”
To say Trump has been a polarizing presence in the world of sports since he took office would be an understatement. While the recent world champion Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots have been received by Trump, it’s otherwise been a hit-and-miss affair when it comes to teams attending White House ceremonies, let alone actually receiving an invitation.
NBA championship teams, it merits noting, have been notoriously absent from such celebrations at the White House during Trump’s presidency, so it will be interesting to see how the situation surrounding the Raptors plays out.