‘Where’s Sid­ney’

Trump seeks out Pens’ cap­tain in cringe­wor­thy visit to the White House

Metro Canada (Edmonton) - - News - Zane Wood­ford

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.

SU­SAN WALSH/THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

sid­ney Crosby lis­tens as Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump speaks at the White House on Tues­day.

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