Red Sox manager says he plans to visit White House
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Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Thursday that he will most likely visit the White House next month with the team, but said he could still change his mind.

The Puerto Rican native led the Red Sox to a World Series title last year in his first season at the helm. As reigning champions, the team is slated to visit President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump watching 'very closely' as Portland braces for dueling protests WaPo calls Trump admin 'another threat' to endangered species Are Democrats turning Trump-like? MORE at the White House on Feb. 15, though the date could change due to the ongoing partial government shutdown, the Boston Herald reported.

“We’ll see what happens,” Cora told Thursday. “There’s a lot of stuff going on right now as far as the government and the shutdown and all that. So we’ll see.”


Cora blasted Trump in September for his comments regarding the death toll in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Trump made unsubstantiated claims that Democrats had inflated the death toll on the island in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, comments which Cora called "disrespectful." 

He said Thursday that recent events have led him to examine his decision on visiting the White House.

“And there’s a few things that have come up the last 10 days with Puerto Rico, too. It’s a topic that back home is huge. But like I said, if I go, I’ll represent Puerto Rico the right way," he said. "I don’t know what kind of platform I’m going to have if I go. It’s not that I’ve changed my mind. But we’ll see what happens in the upcoming days.” 

The Washington Post reported this week that Department of Housing and Urban Development Deputy Secretary Pam Patenaude resigned from her post amid internal disagreements with members of the Trump administration over their attempts to block disaster-relief money to Puerto Rico.

“There’s a lot of stuff going on right now,” Cora told Herald. “You read what’s going on back home (in Puerto Rico), it’s not easy.”

The team already accepted the White House’s invitation to visit following its World Series victory in October.

Cora said last month that he respected Trump, but added that he doesn't "agree with a lot of stuff he says about us."