While the rest of the team will buck the Golden State Warriors’ move of not visiting the White House, Carlos Beltran will not be joining the Houston Astros on their visit later this year. Visiting the White House has been a tradition for championship teams for some time now, but some seem to disagree enough with President Trump’s politics and persona to hold off.
Beltran expressed disappointment in the United States’ relief efforts in Puerto Rico after category 5 Hurricane Maria ravaged the island in September, but maintains that his decision is not political.
“[Trump] is the president of the United States,” he told reporters. “If sometimes we don’t like the things that he does, or we like the things that he does, at the end of the day, he’s the president, so [it] has nothing to do with that. Honestly, I’m not into politics. I’m more into the baseball side of it, sports side of it. That’s something that I don’t have a lot of opinion on that.”
The Astros surprised many by deciding to accept the President’s invitation to visit the White House after the Warriors were un-invited via Twitter by the Commander-in-Chief. The Pittsburgh Penguins came under fire for their decision to attend, but multiple other teams have followed suit. Beltran states he will be with his family in New York rather than visiting with the team.