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The press office in Trump's White House has seen particularly unusual challenges in effectively sharing the White House's message as the President regularly uses social media to directly address the public.

"From my side of things, there's absolutely no politics involved", Crosby said Monday. Last year, the Penguins presented Barack Obama with a jersey featuring his name and No. 44 on the back as the 44th President of the United States. "We are simply honoring our championship and the accomplishments of this group of players over this season or the last two seasons".

Gidley confirmed to CNN he will be joining the White House.

While the team's acceptance of President Donald Trump's invitation has drawn some criticism, the players and coaches have made clear that they are not making a political statement - they're just continuing with tradition.

"You are true, true champions and incredible patriots", Trump told the players as first lady Melania Trump stood behind the president. "That's what they are".

Tampa Bay Lightning forward J.T. Brown, one of 18 black players in the NHL, became the first hockey player to engage in an anthem protest when he raised his fist while standing on the bench before a game Saturday night.

Sullivan, the only member of the team who spoke to reporters after the visit, said "zero" politics came up with Trump behind closed doors.

"Is it really too much to expect they show respect for the American flag?" she asked. "We're very respectful of it".

Unseen on Tuesday were the usual gifts a championship team brings to the White House, including a personalized jersey. Trump has taken aim at NFL players who protest during the USA national anthem, saying they should be fired.

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