Nationals schedule White House visit to celebrate World Series title
The Washington Nationals will pay a visit to the White House on Monday to celebrate the team’s World Series championship, a White House official has informed ESPN.
The official Twitter account of the White House has since confirmed the Nationals’ planned visit and reception, which will be presumably hosted by Donald Trump. A ceremony has been scheduled on the White House lawn for 1:15 ET, per the official.
The 2019 World Series Champion Washington @Nationals will be visiting the White House on Monday! pic.twitter.com/4Ri6pwDv7z— The White House (@WhiteHouse) November 1, 2019
Trump attended Game 5 of the World Series — a 7-1 Houston Astros victory — at Nationals Park on Sunday. The President was greeted with jeers, boos and “Lock Him Up!” chants. An “Impeach Trump” banner — along with other unflattering signs and such — was unfurled during the game but quickly taken down by ballpark security.
Despite the chilly reception from a crowd comprised of mostly Nationals fans, Trump congratulated the team on their World Series title following Wednesday’s 6-2 victory in a decisive Game 7.
Congratulations to the Washington Nationals on a great season and an incredible World Series. Game 7 was amazing! @Nationals— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 31, 2019
To say Trump has been a polarizing presence in the world of sports since he took office would be quite the 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.