The Washington Nationals attended the White House on Monday to receive a special tribute from Donald Trump, for having reached the championship in the Major League Baseball World Series last week.
As has happened on other occasions since the magnate took the presidency of the country, several players decided not to attend the event due to ideological differences with the president.
Nationals pitcher Sean Doolittle has declined to visit the White House Monday for a ceremony honoring his team's World Series win, citing President Trump's rhetoric as the reason he won't attend https://t.co/oZodmj8TxjRELATED
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The first to publicly announce that he would not attend was pitcher Sean Doolittle, and later joined one of the team's great figures, Anthony Rendon, of Mexican descent. He was the first of the Latin players or of Hispanic descent who participated in the miniboot: then he was seconded by the Dominicans Victor Robles, Wander Suero and Wilmer Difo, and also the pitcher, Javy Guerra, of Mexican ancestors, in addition to the African Americans Michael Taylor and Joe Ross.
"There are many things, policies with which I disagree, but above all with his divisive discourse that increasingly separates the country. As much as I would like to be there with my teammates and share that experience with them, I cannot do it. I simply can't do it, "Doolittle said in an interview for the Washington Post.
For his part, Rendon preferred not to declare anything about it and simply did not attend the event.
The Nationals players, during the reception at the White House. (Photo: AP)
Donald Trump was a special guest for the fifth World Series match that was held at the Nationals Park in Washington D.C. to receive a tribute and was booed by the fans present in the stadium. Now it was his turn to receive a move from the very bowels of the champion team. Precisely, that of the capital of the country.
Donald Trump present in the fifth World Series game in one of the Nationals Park boxes. (Photo: AFP / Tasos Katopidis)