Little League champs visit White House, Trump gives them unforgettable ride home
President Trump certainly got the vote of every member of the Louisiana Eastbank All-Stars even though they are not even old enough to register.
After the suburban New Orleans youth team spent a memory-making day at the White House on Friday celebrating their win of the 2019 Little League World Series, the president took things to another level and gave them an unforgettable ride home with him on Air Force One.
(Video: Twitter/The White House)
Members of the championship Little League team got some amazing personal time with Trump during their White House visit, talking with him and getting photo opportunities in the Oval Office in what appeared to be a fun time for all, including the president.
— Andrew Malcolm (@AHMalcolm) October 12, 2019
But rather than end the visit with handshakes and goodbyes, the president offered the young team the chance of a lifetime and invited them to fly home aboard Air Force One.
(Video: Twitter/Voice of America)
Trump was traveling to Louisiana for a rally later that night and, after meeting up with them at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, gave the boys a lift home they will never forget.
After today’s @WhiteHouse visit and celebration, President @realDonaldTrump offered the @LittleLeague World Series CHAMPS a ride home on Air Force One! We’re wheels up and en route to Louisiana! Read more on their INCREDIBLE accomplishment here: https://t.co/NOONUFngVM https://t.co/1ci7pOIbkG pic.twitter.com/AJw7Taf1c7
— Dan Scavino Jr.🇺🇸 (@Scavino45) October 11, 2019
Classic @realDonaldTrump! La Eastbank All Stars (2019 Little League world champions) just happened to be visiting the White House today–when the president called an audible and invited them to JOIN US on Air Force One for the flight back to LA! pic.twitter.com/PyDDyx79xv
— Mike Johnson (@MikeJohnson) October 11, 2019
POTUS boards Air Force One with the Little League champs from Louisiana pic.twitter.com/2On8iriDgo
— Jordan Fabian (@Jordanfabian) October 11, 2019
By protocol, the president is first off the front steps of Air Force One. But the Eastbank Little League Champions got the distinction tonight, flying back home to Louisiana on the presidential aircraft after visiting with @POTUS at the WH. pic.twitter.com/OMKvOk1C70
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) October 12, 2019
Once they were back in Louisiana, the champions were invited up to the podium at the Lake Charles Civic Center where Trump introduced the players one by one to the crowd.
Pres also shares the stage at his rally with the Little League Championship Team who got a ride home to Louisiana on Air Force One. They’re not old enough to vote, but @POTUS told the pitcher he’d like to represent him when he works out a contract in the Major Leagues. pic.twitter.com/YDzjIOF1o7
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) October 12, 2019
The president told the crowd he had gotten used to seeing Japan win the annual Little League event, “but this year you have the world champions.”
Trump invited the team members to say something to the cheering crowd but only one boy stepped up to the microphone to say “thank you for all the support.” He was met with rousing applause.
“Go get ’em kids. Thanks fellas,” Trump said. “They didn’t choke and we don’t choke.”
Awesome moment tonight when @realDonaldTrump introduced and welcomed on stage the 2019 Little League World Champs from the great state of Louisiana at his rally in Lake Charles! They flew to the rally aboard Air Force One with President Trump after visiting DC! pic.twitter.com/iKm6aP71BJ
— RSBN 🇺🇸 (@RSBNetwork) October 12, 2019
Trump spoke at the Louisiana just one day tens of thousands turned out to see him in Minneapolis, Minnesota where he slammed House Democrats and their impeachment inquiry. He targeted them again on Friday, saying their “radical Democrat policies are crazy. The politicians are corrupt. Their candidates are terrible.”
“They know they can’t win an election so they are pursuing and illegal, invalid and unconstitutional, bulls**t impeachment,” he said to a roaring crowd.
He took aim at Democrats by name, calling out House Speaker Nancy Pelosi whom he said “hates the United States of America,” and gave a shout-out to Sen. Bernie Sanders who is recovering from a heart attack.
“Bernie was hitting a baseball to show how strong he was,” Trump remarked, referring to a video the Vermont senator and 2020 candidate posted. “But Bernie, get better fast. It’s the only time I’ve ever said anything good about him.”
“Bernie was hitting a baseball today to show how strong he was,” Trump comments on Bernie’s recent health issues pic.twitter.com/qpCq3KrGee
— Bloomberg TicToc (@tictoc) October 12, 2019
Friday’s rally focused Trump’s attention on the campaign for the Republican candidates for Louisiana governor heading into Saturday’s primary election.
LOUISIANA — Tomorrow, you will head to the polls and VOTE to REPLACE Liberal Democrat John Bel Edwards with a great new REPUBLICAN Governor! Get out and vote for either @DocAbraham or @EddieRispone (BOTH GREAT)! pic.twitter.com/Qyu6z9nZXr
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 12, 2019
President @realDonaldTrump has arrived at the James E. Sudduth Coliseum in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Get out TOMORROW and VOTE REPUBLICAN! #GeauxGOP #LAGov @DocAbraham @EddieRispone https://t.co/phQcL85MrF pic.twitter.com/Zmz23NamhI
— Dan Scavino (@DanScavino) October 12, 2019
Though the president did not endorse either candidate, he described them as “pro-jobs, pro-worker, pro-family, pro-life, and they’re pro-Louisiana energy if that’s OK.”