Trump On Sports Championship Teams That Rebuff Invitation: 'If They Don’t Want To Be Here, I Don’t Want Them'

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On Friday, President Trump minced no words about professional sports championship teams that decline to visit the White House, asserting, “If they don’t want to be here, I don’t want them."

Aware that NBA star LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers, echoed by Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant, had said neither NBA finals team would accept a trip to the White House, and that Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry had declined the trip last year when the Warriors won the title, Trump said, "I didn’t invite LeBron James and I didn’t invite Steph Curry. We’re not going to invite either team."

Trump expressed his hope that the NHL champion Washington Capitals would visit. He said, "I think we’ll have the Caps. I mean we’ll see."

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr has slammed Trump, saying, “I think the President has made it pretty clear he’s going to try to divide us, all of us in this country, for political gain. So it’s just the way it is. I think we all look forward to the day when we can go back to just having a celebration of athletic achievement and celebrate Americans for their achievement, their good deeds.”

Trump pointed out that Alabama's college football team, the New England Patriots, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Clemson University Tigers football team all visited the White House after they won their titles. The Houston Astros also visited the White House after they won the World Series last year.

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