A number of journalists and Trump critics denounced Huckabee Sanders's characterization of the matter as a simple difference of opinion between the reporter and the White House-rather than a question of misleading statements by the president.
Trump then turned to Burkle and praised his ability to negotiate before inviting him to get involved in re-negotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement. Nobody's taking a stand. Trump later rescinded a White House invitation to the National Basketball Association team.
Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan he expects full attendance by his team for the brief ceremony, one the Penguins will make for a second straight year after becoming the first team in almost two decades to win consecutive Stanley Cups.
Coach Mike Sullivan said the Penguins understand the circumstances of their visit and that he didn't feel like Trump was using them as a political prop. "What our team has been able to accomplish in the last two seasons our team is extremely proud of".
"This is really a truly great group of world champions", Trump said.
Sullivan, the only member of the team who spoke to reporters after the visit, said "zero" politics came up with Trump behind closed doors.
The Penguins had one black player on their championship team, Trevor Daley, but he signed with Detroit in the offseason and did not travel to Washington because the Red Wings were playing in Dallas.
Corker responded on Sunday, tweeting that the White House has become "an adult day care center" under Trump.
"Obviously there's been issues but I'm not that political", he said.