The Golden State Warriors may not want to set foot in the White House while Trump is there, but he can always count on the Chicago Cubs.
The Cubs got a White House visit last year when President Obama was in charge, but Trump — perhaps smarting over the fact that many athletes are turning him down — is inviting them back. And about two dozen from the team, including some players, are attending on Wednesday.
White House visit set up by Ricketts family. Maddon didn't want to get into the politics of it. Was invited, it's the WH, he's going.
— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) June 27, 2017
The Ricketts are big-time Republicans (except for Todd Rickett’s sister, Laura) who gave $1 million to the Trump campaign after initially backing Ted Cruz. Co-owner Tom Ricketts helped set up the meeting. Trump nominated his brother, Todd Ricketts, to serve as Deputy Commerce Secretary, but he withdrew in April due to ethics concerns with his family owning the team.
Maddon will also use the trip to talk with a group of young Republicans, according to ESPN. He’s friends with Republican House Representative Lou Barletta, who supported Trump and loves the travel ban.
It’s unclear which players will be attending. But some fans are not taking this well.
Will be seriously disappointed with any player that does so
— Lisa Swiontek (@LisaS01) June 27, 2017
Maybe they'll try to explain to the WH why unions are actually a good thing.
Do ya think? 😂😂😂
— TheYukster (@SetagayaGirl) June 27, 2017