Penguins' visit White House, steer clear of politics


The team will make the annual trip reserved for the NHL's Stanley Cup winners for a second straight year, but his time they'll be hosted by President Donald Trump.

Trump said first at a political rally in Alabama, and later via Twitter, that professional athletes who protest police violence by kneeling during the national anthem should be fired.

He then asked for the audience to give a round of applause to the police and first responders in Las Vegas who acted following the deadliest mass shooting in us history in September.

Several athletes, including a handful of National Football League players, have refused to stand during "The Star-Spangled Banner" to protest the treatment of blacks by police. This afternoon, it'll be President Donald Trump doing the honors.

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Trump tweeted afterward that he asked Pence to leave the stadium if people protested, leading members of the 49ers to accuse Pence of a PR stunt.

Trump recently feuded with two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry over whether the champion Golden State Warriors would visit the White House.

"President Trump looks forward to reaffirming the relationship between the United States and Singapore, which has been one of America's closest partners in Asia for more than 50 years".

Sullivan reiterated that the team's attendance at the ceremony does not reflect the Penguins organization's position, nor its players' stance.

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Curry and Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, along with other players, had been critical of the President in the past and it was unclear if they would accept the invitation.

James, in response to the feud, called Trump a "bum". Great. Great job. What a job you've done. "Sidney, do you know how to win or what?"

The comment drew widespread condemnation from sports stars and NFL owners, some of whom joined their players on the field to lock arms during the national anthem in defiance of the President.

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