Elizabeth Warren praises Red Sox manager Alex Cora for skipping White House visit

Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora is learning this week what it’s like to be a political lightning rod. Cora publicly confirmed he won’t visit the White House when the Red Sox make their official championship trip Thursday.

And now he finds himself in the middle of the typical Washington partisan battle.

Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts senator, Democratic presidential candidate and long-running Donald Trump adversary, is praising Cora for taking a stand against Trump and the White House.

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She told TMZ Sports:

"He did this in a clear and respectful manner but he said, 'I can't go and show up for a photo op with someone who's been withholding funds from Puerto Rico.'"

"There's a lot of suffering going on over there," Warren added ... "I admire what [Cora is] doing."

Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora talks to reporters before a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Monday, May 6, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora talks to reporters before a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Monday, May 6, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Cora, a native of Puerto Rico, has been critical of the Trump administration’s response to Hurricane Maria and said, given the circumstances, he didn’t “feel comfortable celebrating in the White House.”

We’ve seen this type of conflict more frequently since Trump took office, most specifically in the NBA where the Golden State Warriors refused a White House invitation, a saga that led to LeBron James calling Trump a “bum” on Twitter.

The entire concept of a White House visit has become exceptionally complicated, and you have to figure as the country gets further into an election cycle in the next year, it’s only going to get messier.

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Mike Oz is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at mikeozstew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @mikeoz

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