Pens Prepare For White House Visit Amid Anthem Controversy

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The team will make the annual trip reserved for the NHL's Stanley Cup winners for a second straight year, but his time they'll be hosted by President Donald Trump.

At first, the players appeared very serious - did anyone crack smile? - until several in the audience broke the ice with a "Let's Go Pens" chant. During a rally last month, Trump referred to former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, the first to take a knee to protest racial injustice during the national anthem, as a "son of a bitch". In Trump's view, those players are disrespecting the flag and should lose their jobs.

"Just last week the Pens pledged two donations of $25,000 each toward relief efforts in Puerto Rico and in support of the victims and first responders of the bad attack in Las Vegas", Trump said during a press conference featuring the Pittsburgh professional hockey team.

Unseen on Tuesday were the usual gifts a championship team brings to the White House, including a personalized jersey.

"President Trump looks forward to reaffirming the relationship between the United States and Singapore, which has been one of America's closest partners in Asia for more than 50 years".

On Tuesday, they did something perhaps even more impressive: They got President Donald Trump to stay on script.

"We stand in solidarity", are the words he shared with those affected by the recent Las Vegas shooting.

According to a transcript of his remarks published by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Trump did sneak in a jab at the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, the trade deal between Mexico, Canada and the United States.

"Has he out-done you yet, Mario?" "We are simply honoring our championship and the accomplishments of this group of players over this season or the last two seasons".

Trump later said the Penguins "are ready for the challenge" of trying to win three consecutive Stanley Cups since the New York Islanders of the early 1980s.

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