Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Trump welcomes World Series champion Cubs to White House

Trump welcomes World Series champion Cubs to White House

The Cubs are in Washington, D.C., playing a series against the Nationals and visited the White House Wednesday afternoon before an evening game.

US President Donald Trump ponders a question from the press as he meets with members of the 2016 World Series Champions Chicago Cubs.

"This is a great team", Trump said in the Roosevelt Room. Team Chairman Tom Ricketts is at center.

Trump hijacked his photo-op with the world champion Chicago Cubs to complain about how sports teams don't want to be seen with Trump.

They gave him a team jersey printed with "45" in recognition of his status as the 45th US president. A source close to Gilbert said his visit to the White House while the Cubs were there was purely coincidental.

In late October at a west MI campaign stop, Trump praised Gilbert for doing "a great job" in Detroit.

Dan Gilbert, the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, was also in the room - it's not clear yet why he was at the White House - and Trump called him up to pose with the team.

Earlier this month, Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry said that if the team is invited to visit the White House after winning the National Basketball Association championship then he probably won't go. Not only did the Cubs defeat the Cleveland Indians to win the 2016 World Series, but Gilbert's Cavs just lost the NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors.

Representatives for Gilbert's company said past year that he did not host the September fundraiser and that the space was rented for that event. 'Some guys aren't going this time'.

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