Traditionally, when a U.S. professional sports team wins a championship, the president invites the team to the White House for a meet-and-greet.
Some athletes have opted out of invitations to President Donald Trump’s White House because of his divisive politics. Many Philadelphia Eaglesplayers have already said they would not be attending should the invitation be offered to the Super Bowl champs.
On Monday, the World Series champion Houston Astros got their turn to meet the president. While we don’t specifically know American League MVP Jose Altuve’s politics, the second baseman made it clear he was not there for Trump.
For the majority of the event, Altuve stood stone-faced, hands at his side, most notably when Trump went down the line shaking hands.
Oof, that’s cold.
Altuve did shake the president’s hand when being singled out, and he seemed gracious after the president praised him, but there was a tinge of awkward pause in the air.
Trump tweeted about the session Monday evening. Altuve is smiling with everyone in the official group photo, but the rest of the time Altuve seems more business than amusement.