Published: Sat, October 14, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

US President Donald Trump welcomes Penguins to White House

Sidney Crosby, captain of the Penguins, told The Associated Press on Monday that "there's absolutely no politics involved" in their visit.

By comparison, the Penguins social media team was all over last year's visit and even had a special #PensAndPOTUS hashtag. I'll have them walk you around and feed you lunch.' So, it was amusing. It's been a good experience.

But to suggest that they went into Tuesday's visit blindly and willing to be used in whatever way President Trump deemed necessary is incorrect.

The Pittsburgh Penguins have truly made a mess of their White House visit.

There was, however, no mention of the National Football League players who knelt prior to Sunday's Colts-Niners game, which Trump had instructed Vice President Mike Pence to leave early if anyone did.

The Penguins had defended their decision to visit the White House by saying it was non-political, the same way their previous visits to presidents Obama or Bush had been.

One of Sherman's sources also says that Steve Bannon - the Breitbart News boss who once ran Trump's campaign and who for months served as his top political strategist before being ousted this past summer - believes that Trump only has a 30% chance of making it through a full term.

At first, the players appeared very serious - did anyone crack smile? - until several in the audience broke the ice with a "Let's Go Pens" chant. Penguins coach Mike Sullivan denied this after meeting Trump at the White House, and said the team accepted the invitation as a "celebration of this group of players winning a championship". "To every young American watching today, we encourage you to always strive to be your best, to do your best, and to give your all". "I spoke with Governor [Jerry] Brown [D] last night to let him know that the federal government will stand with the people of California". There comes a time where you can not remain silent, hoping and wishing for a chance.

"We stand in solidarity", are the words he shared with those affected by the recent Las Vegas shooting. Oh, I would love to have Ron Burkle.

"First of all, [Burkle's] a friend of mine for a long time". "He's a great, great negotiator". "That's why it's so hard to redo these trade deals, because there's so many - you're not on the other side of NAFTA, Ron, are you?" "And I know why", Trump quipped.

Burkle could be heard responding: "I am not".

"But I really mean that - if you want to get involved in negotiating NAFTA, I like it", Trump said of the North American Free Trade Agreement, which he is now reviewing.

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