Trump says he won't invite Warriors or Cavaliers to White House

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks as he departs the White House in Washington, U.S., on his way to the G7 Summit in Canada, June 8, 2018.

What led up to this?

Trump's statement comes two days after Cleveland star James said neither team wanted an invitation from Trump and they had no plans on visiting the White House. A new National Football League policy was announced last month that would fine teams if players kneel during the anthem but allow them to stay in the locker room in protest, prompted Trump to say, "maybe they shouldn't be in the country". No Eagles kneeled during the national anthem during the last regular season or postseason.

"I'm not surprised. It's typical of him", said Tuesday of Trump's decision to cancel.

President Trump said Friday he won't be inviting the victor of the NBA Finals to the White House. And he was pretty sure that the Warriors were on the same page. "Let's hear it for the Eagles!" he shouted, as audience members booed him. "It won't be Cleveland or Golden State going", James said. At the time, James took to social media to support Curry.

Curry said he hopes his team is in the situation where, as champions, they even have an opportunity to make that decision together.

Silver said "politics have always been part of players' lives", referencing when National Basketball Association legend Bill Russell stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial when Dr. Martin Luther King gave his "I Have a Dream" speech in 1963. "The way we handled things past year, we'd stay consistent with that".

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Hockey's Pittsburgh Penguins and baseball's Houston Astros have accepted invitations to the White House for the traditional meeting with the President in recent months, as have several college teams.

What did Trump say in response?

"I didn't invite LeBron James and I didn't invite Steph Curry", Trump told reporters Friday morning.

Clearly Trump doesn't get it. "But we have other teams that are coming", he said during a White House press conference, according to the New York Daily News.

"Let's not let that accomplishment of things that you will have for the rest of your life, and people will always call you a champion for the rest of your life, let's not let someone uninviting you to their house take away from that moment".

"What patriotism is is helping your fellow citizen and whether it's what [NBA player Kevin Durant is] doing or what we did when we visited Washington or what the Lynx are doing today, that's what patriotism is about". "Pretty sure the way we handled things past year, kind of stay consistent with that".

"I think as long as he is in office, the communication and things like that are going to continue to happen", James said.

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