A partial government shutdown isn’t stopping the White House from scheduling Clemson’s visit.
Just a week after beating Alabama 44-16 to win the national championship, Clemson will visit the White House and meet with President Donald Trump on Jan. 14. It’s a very quick turnaround for the customary presidential visit and will very likely come while the government is still shut down. There’s no solution in sight to what’s now become the longest federal government shutdown in United States history.
I look forward to hosting, right out of the great State of South Carolina, the 2019 NCAA Football Champion Clemson Tigers at the White House on Monday, January 14th. What a game, what a coach, what a team!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2019
All federal employees deemed “nonessential” have been furloughed during the shutdown while others are working without pay.
Clemson’s second trip to see Trump
Clemson last visited the White House after winning the national title in January of 2017 over Alabama. That visit came in June, six months after the game. Alabama visited the White House in April after winning the national title over Georgia in January of 2018.
Clemson will be the first championship team to visit the White House and be honored since Martin Truex Jr. and Furniture Row Racing were honored in May. The Boston Red Sox said after winning the World Series that the team would go to the White House at some point and an invitation has been extended to the Washington Capitals as well.
Many other teams have chosen not to go to the White House. The Golden State Warriors have not visited the White House after their championships. The Warriors and Philadelphia Eagles had their invites “rescinded” by Trump after numerous players on both teams voiced objections about going.
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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.
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