The Pittsburgh Penguins made their polarizing trip with the Stanley Cup to the White House on Tuesday, drawing plenty of criticism on Twitter.
You can watch video of that visit, and Donald’s Trump’s jokes (including a bit on NAFTA), in the clip above. (There’s also this raw footage, which you can skip at least halfway through as a big chunk boils down to “coming soon” type messages.)
Apparently Trump made a reference to Phil Kessel‘s talented sister Amanda at one point:
The Washington Capitals and New York Rangers were referenced, too.
People pay attention to how people shake hands with Trump, and this situation was no different:
The Athletic’s Josh Yohe notes that Penguins players opted against speaking with the media after the ceremony. Instead, head coach Mike Sullivan reiterated that the visit is “not political.”
Sullivan also said he would have no issue with players kneeling during the anthem, addressing the other political issue that’s spilled into the sport.
Perhaps the Penguins will get a new nickname for Kris Letang out of this?
Here’s a longer video of the speech:
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