US President Donald Trump was stunned by Washington Nationals players as they praised him during a visit to the White House. Kurt Suzuki enjoyed his visit to the White House, to celebrate the teams first-ever World Series title, and when he was invited to speak, Suzuki whipped on a Make America Great Again cap. As he put on the hat, the US President appeared shocked, before he was overheard saying: “I love him.”
Mr Trump then gave the baseball star a bizarre hug from behind, as Suzuki stretched out his arms in the air.
Speaking to the crowd, Suzuki said: “I love you all. I love you all, thank you!”
Back on the microphone, the US President was quick to admit he had been taken by surprise by the star’s actions.
Mr Trump said: “What a job he did! I didn’t know that was going to happen.”
It came after the US President was booed by Washington Nationals fans at last month’s World Series.
Some attendees booed and chanted “lock him up!” when Trump was shown on screen at the Washington Nationals Park stadium.
But, after winning their first-ever World Series title, the team received a customary invitation from the White House to celebrate.
One player, pitcher Sean Doolittle, said last week he would not attend.
READ MORE: Trump rages after three surveys suggest majority back removal
“I want people to know that I put thought into this and, at the end of the day, I just can’t go.”
Not all teammates attended the celebrations at the White House on Monday, but not all specified their reasons.
Speaking at the White House, Mr Trump said: “America fell in love with the Nats baseball.
“They just fell in love with Nats baseball. That’s all they wanted to talk about. That and impeachment. I like Nats baseball much more.”
Pitcher Max Scherzer told the crowd: “To be in this moment with everybody cheering. To be at the White House.
“What a month, what a magical month. When the city gets behind you and your teammates believe in each other…magic happens.
“What a day to be able to share it all with you.”
First baseman Ryan Zimmerman handed the president a personalised Nationals shirt and thanked Trump.
Zimmerman thanked the US President “for keeping everyone here safe in our country and continuing to America the greatest country to live in the world”.