Reuters While manager Alex Cora, a native of Puerto Rico, and about a dozen players of color skipped a visit honoring the World Series champion Boston Red Sox at the White House on Thursday, U.S. President Donald Trump avoided discussing the controversy.
“Frankly, they were unstoppable. I watched,” said Trump, skipping any mention of Cora or the absent players by name at the ceremony that lasted about 10 minutes.
A fan of the New York Yankees, Trump added, “In the playoffs, you bested your archrivals, the Yankees. I think I’ll do a recount on this one. But you did! You beat them.”
He also defended his administration’s relief efforts in Puerto Rico, a primary reason for Cora not to attend. “We gave Puerto Rico $91 billion for the hurricane,” Trump said. “The people of Puerto Rico should really like President Trump.”