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While other championship teams like the Philadelphia Eagles and Golden State Warriors (to name a few) have turned down White House invitations in order to make a point, Clemson is making the right call.
They’re going to the White House and President Trump is excited to welcome them!
Take a look:
Here's more, from ESPN:
Newly crowned national champion Clemson will visit the White House on Monday, President Donald Trump said in a tweet on 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," Trump wrote. "What a game, what a coach, what a team!"
Coach Dabo Swinney and the Tigers previously visited Trump at the White House after defeating Alabama to win the CFP title in 2017. This year's trip was organized much faster than Clemson's last ceremony in Washington, which was not set until May and took place June 12.
Swinney also visited former President Bill Clinton at the White House in 1993, after his Alabama team won the national championship in his senior year.
The USA Today also confirmed:
The national champion Clemson Tigers football teamwill 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NBA titles, with President Trump saying in 2017 that star Steph Curry “is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!”
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