President Donald Trump, for the primary time, welcomed a women’s sports activities crew to the White House for their very own event: the 2019 NCAA women’s event champion Baylor Bears.
Trump had come underneath scrutiny for by no means hosting a girls’ championship team in his over two years at the White House for their own individual occasion. In November 2017, Trump did host 18 NCAA championship groups to the White House, inclusive of each woman and men’s groups.
WNBA groups had been often invited to the White House at some point of the Obama, Bush and Clinton administrations and NCAA ladies’ basketball champion teams have visited the White House for the previous 5 administrations.
Trump praised the team and their win in a brief trade earlier than journalists.
Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey offered the President with numerous items, along with a signed Baylor basketball, a hat and a basketball jersey, which she joked can be a better gift for first girl Melania Trump.
“I’ll deliver it to Melania. You realize I love the one’s quick sleeves. Such lovely arms. Great definition,” Trump stated.
The Washington Post reported in March that the past WNBA champions — the Minnesota Lynx in 2017 and the Seattle Storm in 2018 — were now not invited to the Trump White House, nor become the Notre Dame 2018 championship ladies’ basketball team.
In 2017, the University of South Carolina ladies’ basketball team declined their invitation to the White House, bringing up scheduling issues.
Coming to the White House has been an arguably political decision for some invited teams all through the Trump management, with many players from a couple of teams refusing invitations. The 2017 NBA champions, the Golden State Warriors, declined their invitation after prevailing the 2017 championship.
Last year, Trump canceled a visit from the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles crew after some of the players declined the invitation.
“The Philadelphia Eagles are unable to come to the White House with their full group to be celebrated the following day,” Trump stated in a statement at the time. “They disagree with their President due to the fact he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the outstanding men and women of our army and the people of our country. The Eagles desired to send a smaller delegation, however, the 1,000 enthusiasts planning to wait for the occasion deserve better.”
Trump has hosted male athletes several times over the course of his presidency, a subculture that gained momentum at some point of the Reagan administration. There were occasions honoring the Clemson and Alabama men’s soccer teams, 2017 Super Bowl champ New England Patriots, the Stanley Cup-prevailing Washington Capitals and NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series champion Martin Truex, among others.
Recently, Trump has started a new tradition of purchasing teams rapid food from McDonald’s and different institutions served upon exceptional china and silver. It first started when the University of Clemson football group visited the White House all through the authorities shut down to have a good time their countrywide championship win. Trump has accomplished the equal for the North Dakota State Bison soccer crew.
On Monday, the Baylor Bears have been treated to the equal fast-food unfold.