Trump takes credit for Red Sox success after White House visit
President Trump on Monday gave a shoutout to the Boston Red Sox in the midst of their five-game winning streak, for which he is apparently taking some credit after inviting the team to the White House.
“Has anyone noticed that all the Boston @RedSox have done is WIN since coming to the White House!” the president said in a tweet.
“Others also have done very well. The White House visit is becoming the opposite of being on the cover of Sports Illustrated! By the way, the Boston players were GREAT guys!”
The team had won two in a row before its DC visit on Thursday to celebrate the 2018 World Series Championship – then swept the Seattle Mariners over the weeked.
Pro teams’ ceremonial visits to the White House have been fraught with controversy during Trump’s presidency, with a number of squads and individual players opting to skip the event because of his policies on immigration and race.
On Thursday, some Sox players – including American League MVP Mookie Betts, David Price and Xander Bogaerts — and team manager Alex Cora, a native of Puerto Rico, skipped the visit because of Trump’s handling of Hurricane Maria aid and his comments about Mexico.
Asked earlier about some of the Sox not attending, Trump claimed that Puerto Rico has received adequate storm recovery funding, while citing an inaccurate $91 billion figure.
“So I think the people of Puerto Rico should really like President Trump,” he said.
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