The tradition of championship teams visiting the White House has reached an abrupt stop as players and personnel voice their concerns about Donald Trump. And now, the President is trying to shift the narrative.
Friday, Trump said that the eventual NBA champion — whether the Golden State Warriors or Cleveland Cavaliers — will not be invited to the White House, per CNN’s Jim Acosta.
Trump on Cavs and Warriors: “We’re not going to invite either team.”
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) June 8, 2018
Without surprise, though, this is an attempted face-save by the President. Cavaliers superstar LeBron James recently said neither team would visit anyway, something Warriors standout Stephen Curry reaffirmed.
The simple truth of the matter is Trump’s statement is akin to “You said you’re not coming to my party so you’re uninvited.”
As this story simmers, the attention will soon shift to whether the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals will visit the nearby White House — or if they get uninvited due to low attendance like the Philadelphia Eagles.