Trump Will Host Washington Nationals Following World Series Win

November 1, 2019 Updated: November 1, 2019

President Donald Trump will host the MLB’s Washington Nationals at the White House on Nov. 4, according to an administration official.

Judd Deere, White House deputy press secretary, announced the plan on Friday.

The visit will come five days after the Nationals beat the Houston Astros in Game 7 of the World Series.

It was the Nationals’ first championship. The team has a parade planned in the nation’s capital on Saturday.

Trump congratulated the team in an earlier statement, writing: “Congratulations to the Washington Nationals on a great season and an incredible World Series.”

The president appeared at Game 5, cheering Washington along with a group of Republican lawmakers. Some members of the crowd booed Trump, prompting criticism from both sides of the aisle.

Champions in major sports leagues are often invited to the White House. Some teams have declined invitations or have not been invited after signaling they wouldn’t go, including the NBA’s Golden State Warriors and the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles.

Max Scherzer #31 of the Washington Nationals celebrates in the locker room after defeating the Houston Astros in Game Seven to win the 2019 World Series at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas on Oct. 30, 2019. (Elsa/Getty Images)
President Donald Trump speaks as right fielder J.D. Martinez and pitch Chris Sale look on during a South Lawn event to honor the Boston Red Sox at the White House in Washington on May 9, 2019. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Teams that have visited the White House include the NFL’s New England Patriots, the MLB’s Boston Red Sox, and the NHL’s Washington Capitals.

The Red Sox, last year’s MLB winner, visited in May but some players chose not to join their teammates.

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