White House issues statement celebrating return of sports
Thursday marks Opening Day in Major League Baseball, and the NBA and NHL will soon follow with the resumptions of seasons halted in March by the coronavirus pandemic.
To mark the imminent return of three of the biggest sports in the U.S., the White House issued a statement from Director of Specialty Media Mallory Blount to celebrate the long-awaited arrival of live sports action.
The White House blasted this statement to sports media just now pic.twitter.com/kCWvDYiP1c— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) July 23, 2020
“President Trump believes that sports are an essential part of the cultural fabric of our great country, especially baseball,” the statement read.
“As an avid sports fan, the President is optimistic that Americans will come together to once again enjoy America’s national pastime under our beautiful flag. During the unprecedented COVID-19 outbreak, the President and his Administration have hosted dozens of calls with sports leagues to update and brief them on efforts to appropriately respond to this global pandemic. Sports are a key aspect of America’s economy, and we must find ways to bring sporting events back, while still protecting the health and safety of players, staff, and fans.”
To say Donald Trump has been a polarizing presence in the sports world throughout his presidency would be an enormous understatement.
Interestingly enough, Trump sounded off about sports just this week by tweeting out a threat to refuse to watch games if players kneel during the pregame national anthem, which has already occurred in MLB.
In light of the likelihood that there will be no shortage of players across all leagues participating in peaceful protests — including kneeling during the anthem — when sports get officially underway, there’s a good chance Trump won’t be seeing much action in the coming months.
In any event, MLB gets underway Thursday with two games. A showdown between the New York Yankees and the world champion Washington Nationals starts things off, and a nightcap featuring a San Francisco Giants-Los Angeles Dodgers matchup closes out Opening Day.