Pittsburgh Penguins would accept President Donald Trump's invitation to White House

By The Sports Xchange   |   June 15, 2017 at 2:01 AM
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The Pittsburgh Penguins would accept an invitation to the White House to celebrate their Stanley Cup championship with President Donald Trump, the team announced.

"The Pittsburgh Penguins would never turn down a visit to the White House and, if invited, we would go as a team," Penguins CEO David Morehouse said Tuesday, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The issue of visiting the White House has been a simmering topic since President Trump won the recent election.

The NBA champion Golden State Warriors issued a statement Tuesday saying they haven't decided if they will travel to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue if invited. The Warriors capped a five-game NBA Finals victory over LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday.

"Today is all about celebrating our championship. We have not received an invitation to the White House, but will make those decisions when and if necessary," the Warriors' statement read.

The defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs chose to visit the White House in January to celebrate their historic 2016 title with former Illinois senator and outgoing President Barack Obama before he left office.

On Monday, Trump hosted the 2016 NCAA football champion Clemson Tigers for a title celebration at the White House.

The Penguins completed a six-game series victory over the Nashville Predators on Sunday. The team also needed six games to defeat the San Jose Sharks in the Stanley Cup Final last year, with a visit to the White House following the accomplishment.

"We respect the office of the presidency of the United States and what it stands for," Morehouse said. "Any opposition or disagreement with a president's policies, or agenda, can be expressed in other ways."

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