NATS GM RIZZO: NO POLITICAL STATEMENT IN WHITE HOUSE VISIT WITH TRUMP

By Lewis Gould

The Nats were skewered on social media for being too chummy with President Trump, and catcher Kurt Suzuki was lambasted for putting on a “Make America Great Again” cap to take the podium as Trump hugged him from behind last Monday during their White House visit to celebrate their World Series title.

“We weren’t trying to make a political statement, whatsoever,’’ general manager Mike Rizzo told USA TODAY.

“We just thought that the honor and the tradition of champions being invited to the White House and the office of the president, and especially us being the hometown team in their backyard two miles away from the capital, is something that should be done.

“Obviously, each player could make their own decision whether they wanted to attend, but most of the players were excited by it.”

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