President Donald Trump welcomed the Pittsburgh Penguins to the White House to honor their NHL Stanley Cup championship on Tuesday, but he also took some time to discuss NAFTA.
Trump noted that Pittsburgh Penguins owner Ron Burkle was a friend, and joked that he would be helpful in renegotiating NAFTA.
“Of course, he may not like that because maybe he’s on the other side,” Trump said. “That’s why it’s so hard to redo these trade deals, because there’s so many — you’re not on the other side of NAFTA, Ron, are you?”
“I am not,” Burkle replied, prompting laughter and applause.
The president thanked the team for coming to the White House, praising star Sidney Crosby for his skill on the team.
“Sidney, do you know how to win or what?” he asked him, praising the goals scored for the team. “You’ve built an incredible legacy in Pittsburgh, and congratulations.
Trump also praised Evgeni Malkin, Phil Kessel, Conor Sheary, Jake Guentzel, Justin Schultz, Kris Letang, and goalie Matt Murray.
“These guys don’t want to be politicians,” Trump acknowledged while calling them out in the group. “They shouldn’t be. Don’t be a politician.”
Trump also commented on the Washington DC “Capitals” hockey team, acknowledging the two teams and their fierce rivalry during the playoffs.
“Are they tough? Washington Capitals? What do you think? Are they tough?” Trump asked.
The Pittsburgh fans booed in response.