Trump hugs it out with Suzuki during Nats' visit

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg during Game 2 of the 2019 NLDS

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg during Game 2 of the 2019 NLDS

President Donald Trump mostly stuck to sports on Monday while honouring the World Series champion Washington Nationals, who had a handful of players skip the White House visit.

"For the first time in almost 100 years, our nation's capital is celebrating a World Series victory", Trump said during a celebration from the South Portico of the White House. Among them: reliever Sean Doolittle, National League MVP candidate and third baseman Anthony Rendon, outfielders Victor Robles and Michael A. Taylor, and pitchers Joe Ross, Javy Guerra and Wander Suero. "I have a brother-in-law who has autism, and [Trump] is a guy that mocked a disabled reporter".

The other baseball players have not publicly disclosed why they did not attend the event.

Trump, along with First Lady Melania Trump, addressed a large crowd on the South Lawn of the White House and cheered the team for capturing "the hearts of baseball fans across the region and across the country" over the past season, according to The Hill.

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But the ceremonies have become more politicized under Trump over opposition to the president's policies and comments about immigrants, minorities, and developing countries and territories.

Ryan Zimmerman, the longest-tenured National and the first player the franchise ever selected in the draft, seemed delighted to present Trump with his own personalized Nationals jersey, and said a few words to the President and the assembled crowd.

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Called to the South Lawn podium by the president as the Nationals continued celebrating their World Series title after finishing off the Houston Astros in seven games last week, the 36-year-old Suzuki wore a red "Make America Great Again" hat.

The President couldn't resist bringing up the impeachment inquiry during the celebration.

"America fell in love with the Nats baseball", Trump said. "That and impeachment. I like Nats baseball much more".

"I want to show support for them".

"There's a lot of things, policies that I disagree with, but at the end of the day, it has more to do with the divisive rhetoric and the enabling of conspiracy theories and widening the divide in this country", Doolittle said, per The Washington Post.

The President attended Game 5 of the World Series alongside several Republican members of Congress in Washington. Though Trump was a standout high school baseball player, he's the only president to have not thrown out a first pitch to a Major League Baseball game while in office since at least 1910.

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