Pittsburgh has decided that it will be making the visit to the White House.
The day after President Trump “rescinded” the Golden State Warriors’ invitation to the White House, another championship team has decided to go.
The Pittsburgh Penguins, this past season’s Stanley Cup champions, announced today that they’ve decided to make the trip.
President Trump tweeted about it this afternoon.
“Please to inform that the Champion Pittsburgh Penguins of the NHL will be joining me at the White House for Ceremony. Great team!” he wrote.
Please to inform that the Champion Pittsburgh Penguins of the NHL will be joining me at the White House for Ceremony. Great team!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2017
The Penguins released the following statement regarding the decision:
The Pittsburgh Penguins respect the institution of the Office of the President, and the long tradition of championship teams visiting the White House. We attended White House ceremonies after previous championships – touring the historic building and visiting briefly with Presidents George H.W. Bush and Barack Obama – and have accepted an invitation to attend again this year.
Any agreement or disagreement with a president’s politics, policies or agenda can be expressed in other ways. However, we very much respect the rights of other individuals and groups to express themselves as they see fit.
Typically, a championship team will make the visit to the White House when they come to D.C. to play the Wizards or the Capitals.
Pittsburgh is set to play in Washington on Wednesday, Oct. 11. It’s unclear if that’s when the visit will occur.