National Champion Clemson Football Team Will Visit White House

Jan 7, 2019; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Clemson Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney celebrates with the national championship trophy after beating the Alabama Crimson Tide during the 2019 College Football Playoff Championship game at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The national champion Clemson Tigers football team will visit the White House on Jan. 14, President Donald Trump announced in a tweet Friday.

“I look forward to hosting, right out of the great State of South Carolina, the 2019 NCAA Football Champion Clemson Tigers at the White House on Monday, January 14th. What a game, what a coach, what a team!” President Trump wrote.

It will be the second trip to the Trump White House for Clemson, which beat Alabama 44-16 in the College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday. The Tigers also visited in 2017 after they beat the Crimson Tide for the 2016 national championship.

Championship teams visiting the White House became a yearly tradition late in the 20th century under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

Since President Trump took office, however, the practice of visiting the White House has invited scrutiny and controversy. The Golden State Warriors have not been to the White House for either of their back-to-back NBA titles, with President Trump saying in 2017 that star Steph Curry “is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!”

That Twitter declaration prompted NBA superstar LeBron James to call the president “a bum” in a tweet.

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SOURCE: USA Today, by Jace Evans