Trump sticks to hockey in honoring Cup champion Penguins

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"The president has reached a decision on an overall Iran strategy and wants to make sure that we have a broad policy to deal with ... all of the problems of Iran being a bad actor,"said the White House".

The Penguins are the fourth championship team and third pro team to visit Trump at the White House after the NFL's New England Patriots, Major League Baseball's Chicago Cubs, and college football's Clemson Tigers.

"By the way, everybody wanted be here today". Nobody's taking a stand. Last year, the Penguins presented Barack Obama with a jersey featuring his name and No. 44 on the back as the 44th President of the United States. Until this past season, the last time it had been done by a team was almost two decades ago, in 1997 and 1998. Crosby and six others are Canadian, two are Swedish, one is Russian and one is Finnish. He said it multiple times over the last couple of weeks.

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President Donald Trump speaks during a ceremony to honor the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins, Tuesday Oct. 10, 2017, in the East Room of the White House in Washington.

Penguins Head Coach Mike Sullivan said his team was aware of the controversy.

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.

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"Is it really too much to expect they show respect for the American flag?" she asked.

The Penguins had one black player on their championship team, Trevor Daley, but he signed with Detroit in the offseason and did not travel to Washington because the Red Wings were playing in Dallas. Trump also rescinded a White House invitation to Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry after the two-time MVP expressed reservations about going.

The White House said Tuesday the NFL should respect the USA flag and the national anthem because numerous football stadiums have been built with the help of taxpayers.

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