Trump expected to skip appearance at All-Star Nationals Game

Trump expected to skip appearance at All-Star Nationals Game
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Guardian slams Trump over comments about assault on reporter Five takeaways from the first North Dakota Senate debate Watchdog org: Tillerson used million in taxpayer funds to fly throughout US MORE is not expected to attend the All-Star Game in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, though past presidents have attended the game when it was held in the city.

The Associated Press reported that Trump will likely skip the game after returning home on Tuesday from a trip to Europe ending with his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Tuesday’s game marks the fifth time it will have been held in Washington since 1937. The AP noted that several former presidents have attended the game when the nation’s capital hosted the event.


Former President Eisenhower skipped out on throwing the first pitch in 1956 as he was recovering from surgery, and Vice President Spiro Agnew filled in for former President Nixon in 1969, as Nixon had a trip planned, according to the AP.

The outlet also reported that former Presidents George W. Bush and Obama have also thrown out the ceremonial first pitch at Washington Nationals games.

Obama was the last president to throw the first pitch at an All-Star game, doing so in St. Louis in 2009.

Trump has not attended a Nationals game or thrown the first pitch at a game since taking office.

Former Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.) told the AP that a president attending a game is "very disruptive" and added that Trump might not want to attend the game over concerns about an unfriendly crowd. Trump won just 4 percent of the vote in D.C. in the 2016 election.

The president has had a contentious relationship with sports, attacking NFL players for protesting during the national anthem and disinviting Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry from visiting the White House in 2017.

The Houston Astros' trip to the White House earlier this year largely went without incident.