Trump on Caps Visit: ‘If They Don’t Want to Be Here, I Don’t Want Them

By Melanie Arter | June 8, 2018 | 4:50 PM EDT

President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (Screenshot)

( - President Donald Trump said Friday that if the Washington Nationals want to visit the White House, he’s open to it, but “if they don’t want to,” he doesn’t want them.

Before leaving the White House for Canada, Trump was asked whether he plans to invite the Stanley Cup Champions to the White House.

“I think we'll have the Caps. I mean, we'll see. You know my attitude: If they want to be here -- it's the greatest place on Earth -- I'm here. If they don't want to be here, I don't want them,” Trump said.

As reported, Capitals’ Forward Devante Smith-Pelly is suggesting he won’t attend a White House reception, if the team is invited.

“It hasn’t come up here, but I think I already have my mind made up,” Smith-Pelly said about the possibility of attending the White House ceremony.

“The things that he spews are straight-up racist and sexist,” Smith-Pelly said, adding, “Some of the things he’s said are pretty gross, I’m not too into politics, so I don’t know all his other views, but his rhetoric I definitely don’t agree with.”

The White House this week disinvited the Philadelphia Eagles, accusing them of a pulling a “publicity stunt,” because the Eagles organization scaled back their list of expected guests from 80 to just a handful.

NBA players Lebron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors, who are competing for the NBA championship, have both said they wouldn’t come to the White House.

When asked about this, Trump said he didn’t invite them.

“I didn't invite them. No, I didn't invite Lebron James, and I didn't invite Steph Curry. We're not going to invite either team, but we have other teams that are coming. You know, if you look, we had Alabama, national champion. We had Clemson, national champion. We had the New England Patriots. We had the Pittsburgh Penguins last year,” the president said.


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