Published: Fri, June 21, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trudeau to welcome Raptors, Trump uncertain

Trudeau to welcome Raptors, Trump uncertain

It's unclear whether that played into Trump's uncertainty about whether to invite the Raptors to the White House.

Washington: President Donald Trump hosts his Canadian counterpart Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday to mend fences after last year´s diplomatic meltdown and to push the still un-ratified North American free trade deal. "So great that they were able to win over a great championship team, the Golden State Warriors".

Raptors coach Nick Nurse, during an interview on the Fan 590 AM on Wednesday, said he expected to meet Trudeau and said he had "heard nothing about the White House". "We are Canada's team anyway, right, said, Nurse".

Asked by a reporter after a meeting with Trudeau if he'll extend an invitation to the first National Basketball Association championship team from outside the United States, U.S. President Donald Trump was noncommittal on Thursday. Come to Ottawa and parliament hill so Canada can congratulate you! I put together a little bit of Raptors swag. "They were really terrific, congratulations by the way", Trump added, nodding at Trudeau. "If they'd like to do it, we'll think about that". So we'll think about that.

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I wasn't losing my temper, I wasn't happy but I think I have reason not to be happy. "That's all down to lifestyle, and life choices".

Whether the Raptors would accept a potential invite or follow the lead of the Warriors is an open question though. We likely won't know for weeks how successful Trudeau was in persuading Pelosi. They weren't invited back by President Bill Clinton when they repeated as champs in 1993 though.

Trump is due to meet Xi on the sidelines of a Group of 20 summit in Japan next week to discuss the trade war between the two countries and has suggested Huawei could be part of an eventual deal.

A Canadian team receiving an invite to the White House is not without precedent, as the Toronto Blue Jays visited US President George Bush after winning the World Series in 1992.

Sounds like a plan to me.

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