Houston Astros White House visit: President Trump hosts the World Series champions today — live stream and live blog


Up to date Mar 12, 2018 1:16 PM EDT

President Trump welcomed the World Collection champion Houston Astros to the White Home on Monday after the Astros defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in seven video games to take house their first-ever World Collection title. The Astros accepted the president’s invitation in January.

Throughout his remarks, Mr. Trump acknowledged the Astros edging out his former hometown staff the New York Yankees to get into the World Collection. “You guys had been just a bit bit more durable,” he mentioned.

He referred to as recreation seven of the sequence “one of many best video games anybody has ever seen” and mentioned it was a “reminder why baseball is our nationwide previous time.”

The Astros’ win significantly hit house for a metropolis which was nonetheless grappling with the devastating impacts from Hurricane Harvey. Gamers wore “H Robust” logos on their jerseys as they clinched the title. The president acknowledged the Astros group for contributing to aid efforts following the storm, calling their win a “befitting tribute” to the spirit of Houston.


President Trump poses throughout an occasion in honor of 2017 World Collection Champion Houston Astros within the East Room of the White Home on Mon., March 12, 2018, in Washington, D.C.


On the White Home ceremony, the president additionally acknowledged members of the “Cajun Navy”, volunteers who helped rescue Harvey evacuees, in addition to Jim McIngvale — often called Mattress Mack — who turned a nationwide image of hope within the wake of Hurricane Harvey after opening his furnishings retailer as a refuge website for displaced residents.

Trump mentioned his administration would proceed to face by Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico after a very onerous hurricane season final yr.

“Texas was unimaginable the way in which they recovered, it was a devastating hurricane,” he mentioned. “There’s by no means been something so dangerous and but you recovered so extremely effectively,” the president added.

Whereas Mr. Trump hailed their win as a staff effort, he singled out a number of gamers, together with Astros pitcher Justin Verlander as being a good friend of his and mentioned they’ve loved a spherical of golf collectively. “I am a reasonably lengthy hitter. This man, he is a monster,” Mr. Trump mentioned of Verlander’s golf recreation.

A staff jersey is historically introduced to the commander in chief to mark the event. Astros supervisor A.J. Hinch joked that the staff determined to not current Mr. Trump a Speedo-style bathing swimsuit however with a “Trump” jersey as an alternative, which elicited a smirk and some laughs from the president.

The president tweeted a spotlight reel of the Astros’ win again in November, congratulating them for “incomes historical past.”

Along with members of the White Home, Texas Republicans John Cornyn, Ted Cruz and Kevin Brady had been all in attendance for Monday’s big day. Mr. Trump referred to as out Brady through the ceremony as being “the king of these tax cuts.” He teased Sens. Cornyn and Cruz that the administration be trying to do a “part two” of the tax cuts.

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