Donald Trump gets jersey from Baylor women’s basketball team, boasts of having 'beautiful arms'
The Lady Bears became the first women's basketball team to visit the Trump White House, after the champions in 2017 and 2018 declined the invitation
President Donald Trump hosted Baylor University women's basketball team at the White House on Monday, and the three-time national champions were treated to the commander-in-chief's traditional spread of all American fast food.
The Lady Bears were served fast food from Wendy’s, McDonald’s and Burger King in the State Dining Room after they beat Notre Dame 82-81 earlier this month, WGN-TV reports. The players became the first women's basketball team to break the taboo on visiting the Trump White House, especially after the women's college basketball champions in 2017 and 2018 chose to decline their invitations.
That said, Coach Kim Mulkey and her team had also met with President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama during their administrations after winning two previous national championships. This past season the Lady Bears finished with a stunning 37-1.
“It was a thrilling victory that people will be talking about for many, many more years to come,” President Trump said, adding, “You’ve left an enduring mark on college basketball history."
As a gift to the president, the team presented him with a signed basketball, a national championship hat, as well as a No. 1 Baylor basketball jersey.
“It may not be the right size,” Mulkey commented, joking that First lady “Melania may look better in it.”
But Trump told them he loved it anyway. “You know, I love those short sleeves. Such beautiful arms. Great definition,” he said, stroking his upper arm.
Mulkey cracked once again: “Like I said, Melania may look better in it.”
The commander-in-chief has often been criticized for never hosting a women's championship at the White House for their own individual event, despite the White House sending invites on each occasion. Furthermore, Trump did host 18 NCAA championship teams to the White House in November, featuring both men's and women's divisions.
Having said that, Trump has hosted several events for male athletes over the course of two years.
The tradition, which first gained popularity during the Reagan administration, has seen events honoring the Clemson and Alabama men's football teams, 2017 Super Bowl champ New England Patriots, the Stanley Cup-winning Washington Capitals and NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series champion Martin Truex in the White House, among many others.
Interestingly enough, Trump has started his own tradition of serving sports teams fast food from all-American establishments on fine china and silver. What's more? The president kicked it off during the first government shutdown of his presidency when the University of Clemson football team visited the White House to celebrate their national championship win.