On the heels of their Stanley Cup win, the Washington Capitals celebrated with President Donald Trump’s senior advisors, Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, amid the president’s battle with professional athletes in other sports leagues.
“Hanging out in Georgetown with Ivanka,” the Hockey Hall of Fame’s Keeper of the Cup, Philip Pritchard, tweeted along with a photo of members of the winning team posing with the president’s daughter and son-in-law at Washington, D.C.’s Cafe Milano.
— Philip Pritchard (@keeperofthecup) June 10, 2018
Videos shared on social media also showed the team entering the restaurant to a standing ovation following their victory over the Las Vegas Golden Knights in just five games:
— Carolyn Cerbin (@carolyncerbin) June 9, 2018
The team also led restaurant patrons in a round of singing Queen’s “We Are the Champions”:
— Dan Steinberg (@dcsportsbog) June 10, 2018
The team’s celebration with Ivanka and Kushner comes after the president disinvited the Super Bowl-winning Philadelphia Eagles from their celebration ceremony at the White House when a majority of the team chose not to attend.
The White House slammed the team in a statement, accusing them of disagreeing “with their president because he insists that they proudly stand for the national anthem” — despite the fact that no Eagles player kneeled for the song during the entire 2017 season.
Later, NBA stars LeBron James and Steph Curry both expressed a disinterest in visiting the White House following the league’s finals. On Friday, President Trump responded by indicating that neither the Cleveland Cavaliers nor the Golden State Warriors would be invited.
As for the Washington Capitals, the president is open to extending an invitation to the team.
“I think we’ll have the Caps, we’ll see,” he said. “My attitude, if they want to be here, it’s the greatest place on earth, I’m here. If they don’t want to be here, I don’t want them.”