In what seems to be becoming some sort of tradition, another national championship-winning college team was served fast food during a visit to the White House.
This time it was the Baylor women’s basketball team, which defeated Notre Dame in a thrilling title game last month. Like the Clemson and North Dakota State football teams earlier this year, the Lady Bears had a spread of McDonalds, Burger King, Wendy’s and more to sort through.
The team met with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office late Monday afternoon. The president praised the team for its championship, the program’s second in eight years, and was presented with a Baylor No. 1 jersey by head coach Kim Mulkey. President Trump quipped that he might give the sleeveless jersey to his wife.
“I’ll give it to Melania. You know, I love those short sleeves. Such beautiful arms. Great definition,” he said.
Chloe Jackson, one of the team’s leading scorers, also presented the president with his own Baylor hat. President Trump joked he would “mess up his hair,” before putting the hat on. The president was given a signed ball as well.
President Trump is presented with team swag while welcoming 2019 NCAA women’s basketball national champions, the Baylor Lady Bears, to the White House. "Am I allowed to wear it? I'll mess up my hair, but that's OK," Trump jokes as he tries on the hat https://t.co/dtlopyyR4I pic.twitter.com/2xjf4oj14D— World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) April 29, 2019
In a light moment, President Trump lauded Mulkey’s record as a coach and asked if she would like to work at the White House. Mulkey, Baylor’s head coach since 2000, politely declined.
TRUMP: Would you like to work at the White House by any chance?— JM Rieger (@RiegerReport) April 29, 2019
Baylor Lady Bears’ head coach KIM MULKEY: No. pic.twitter.com/HxeVWxJZXp
While Baylor visited White House, Virginia declined
While Baylor accepted the White House’s invitation to visit Washington D.C., the NCAA men’s champions, Virginia, declined. In a statement released last week, Virginia head coach Tony Bennett said it would be tough to assemble the entire team for the trip.
"We have received inquiries about a visit to the White House. With several players either pursuing pro opportunities or moving on from UVA, it would be difficult, if not impossible to get everyone back together. We would have to respectfully decline an invitation,” Bennett said.
In baseball, the reigning World Series champion Boston Red Sox are scheduled to visit the White House next week, but manager Alex Cora has not said whether he will participate.
Cora, a native of Puerto Rico, has been critical of Trump in the past, specifically for his comments about the death toll after Hurricane Maria.
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