- The Washington Times - Monday, November 4, 2019

Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki defended his decision to wear a red “Make America Great Again” hat during his team’s visit at the White House.

President Trump called Suzuki up to the lectern Monday and the 36-year-old put on the cap — causing some in attendance to laugh. President Trump bear-hugged Suzuki from behind as Suzuki then said, “I love you all. I love you all” to the crowd of 5,300. 

But Suzuki faced criticism for donning the hat, with one Twitter user saying: “Kurt Suzuki is officially canceled.” 

“Everybody makes everything political,” Suzuki said in a text to USA Today. “It was about our team winning the World Series.”

Suzuki described the moment as “amazing.” 

“That was the president,” he said. “Just trying to have some fun.” 


• Matthew Paras can be reached at mparas@washingtontimes.com.

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