Trump seeks out Pens’ captain in cringeworthy visit to the White House
He said it was a “great honour” to be invited to the White House, but when Sidney Crosby was invited to the podium next to Donald Trump, he politely declined.
The Pittsburgh Penguins brought the Stanley Cup to the White House on Tuesday. Crosby, the team’s Canadian captain, was the second-last player to come on stage, and stood in the back row.
Crosby faced criticism for his comments in support of the team’s choice to accept Trump’s invitation: “It’s a great honour for us to be invited there,” he said.
On Tuesday, Trump opened the ceremony with a nod to players in other sports leagues who spoke out against Trump, and in the case of the Golden State Warriors, were uninvited.
Then, in a bizarre exchange, Trump asked part team owner Ron Burkle, whom he described as a “friend of mine for a long time,” to help renegotiate NAFTA. Next, he praised Crosby. “We have to start with someone I’ve been watching for a long time because I saw him when he was just about as young as you can get going into the NHL, Sidney Crosby,” he said. “Where’s Sidney?”
Trump reached out for a handshake with Crosby and beckoned him down toward the podium and into the view of the camera. Crosby stayed back.
“Look at him, he’s shy,” Trump said. “Do you know how to win, or what? Great, great job. What a job you’ve done.”
At the end of the ceremony, Trump walked back to Crosby for a successful handshake.
sidney Crosby listens as President Donald Trump speaks at the White House on Tuesday.