"$716 billion we spent previous year", he said, turning to Henry. "I watched", said Trump, skipping any mention of Cora or the absent players by name at the ceremony that lasted about 10 minutes.
"Congratulations on your incredible victory", Trump said in brief remarks, during which he did not make any references to the absent members of the team.
According to Boston.com, 16 players and executives from the 2018 Red Sox have said they will be making the trip to meet with Trump and White House officials in celebration of their championship, while eight players are not planning to go. But at least nine players, as well as the team manager, won't be attending Thursday's event. The problem is that the White House's memo didn't really know what they had won.
"Well the president is a pretty good raconteur of history and he did say that, uh-he was talking about Abraham Lincoln losing the war and he said 'Well, I know you guys have lost a game or two, but this was a war'".
Many fans cringed at the optics and the message, tweeting "shame on you all" and calling out the players who went for not staying back in solidarity with their teammates. Manager Alex Cora, citing the poor relief efforts in Puerto Rico, joined the list of those who chose not to go - all of whom are players of color - while the white players unilaterally chose to go. "His politics have been so harmful and hostile to marginalized groups, and particularly in baseball", said de la Cretaz.
In January, Cora was outspoken about his native Puerto Rico's need for relief after Hurricane Maria killed an estimated 2,975 people there. Every white player on the team - as well as J.D. Martinez, who is of Cuban descent - was expected to attend. In January 2018, he traveled to his hometown with several Boston personalities to personally deliver the supplies, which included diapers, batteries, funds and new baseball equipment for the neighborhood children.
Asked Wednesday about Cora's absence, Trump again stated a misleading number.
More than half of that $91 billion is based on the White House's estimates for costs FEMA could incur in years to come.