US President Donald Trump stands up and applauded when members of the army are recognized before the fifth World Series match between Washington Nationals and Houston Astros at Nationals Park in Washington.
The low profile of US President Donald Trump on Sunday evening (NZT Monday) during the fifth World Series came in the loud moment of his presidency. And yet he still made loud humming and mocking as he was introduced to the crowd.
Dressed in a dark suit and tie, Trump arrived at Nationals Park just before the first pitch in the Houston Astros-Washington Nationals match. A few hours earlier, he announced that US forces had attacked the hideout of Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who had died during an air raid in northeast Syria.
Military success against the most wanted US enemy and allies could have provided the president with a rare moment of bilateral friendship, especially during the impeachment investigation.
Trump and first lady Melania Trump entered the lower level mailbox on the left side of the home base when the game began. At this point his presence was not formally announced, but baseball fans in the section just below Trump's apartment turned to look toward the box when he arrived. Some waved to the president as he smiled and raised his thumbs up.
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At the end of the third shift, the video screens at the ballpark paid tribute to members of the American service who cheered at the stadium. When the video passed on to Trump, his entourage and Trump's announcing speakers, the shouts suddenly turned into a stream of rebellion and laughter. In some sections, the singing "Close him!" Erupted.
Trump looked unmoved and waved on. Later, some fans behind the motherboard kept a sign saying "VETERANS FOR IMPEACHMENT".
By Sunday evening (Monday NZT), Trump had to take part in an important league match as US president, despite the White House being located a few kilometers northwest of the National Park. A dozen or so congressional legislators accompanied the president, according to a list provided by the White House, including Sens. Lindsey Graham from South Carolina and David Perdue Georgia.
"I think everyone is excited," said National Cup pitcher Stephen Strasbourg before the match.
"He is the president of the United States. So there is of course enhanced protection. So usually sniffing dogs in our club are these cool laboratories that are very friendly. And today there was a German Shepherd who I didn't really feel comfortable caressing. & # 39; & # 39;
Nationals Manager Dave Martinez said: "He's coming to the game. He is a fan. I hope he supports Washington Nationals and I hope he enjoys playing. "
Trump's staff have long been trying to protect him from events where he can be booed or cursed loudly and rarely ventures into the districts of a highly democratic city. In 2016, he won just over four percent of the vote in the District of Columbia.
Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said he talked to Trump if he would like to throw the grand first match, but the president refused, citing disruptions that would have caused fans to get on the pitch.
The main owner of Washington Nationals, Mark Lerner, told the Washington Post that Trump should be at the match, but explained that he did not invite Trump to throw the first pitch, saying that many other candidates should be considered before Trump.
Jose Andres, an outstanding local restaurant owner and humanitarian activist, threw out the first pitch for a roaring, lasting ovation. He also has a story with Trump, both in business and politics.
Andres has repeatedly opposed Trump's immigration policy and his administration's response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Four years ago, he withdrew from plans to open a restaurant at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC after Trump's controversial comments about Mexican immigrants during the presidential campaign. Legal action took place and the dispute was resolved in 2017.