Will LSU Visit the White House? Tigers to Meet Donald Trump in Washington on Friday

The LSU Tigers will visit the White House on Friday, less than a week after winning the College Football Playoff national championship.

A spokesperson for the White House confirmed on Wednesday that the team will be hosted by President Donald Trump, who memorably served fast food to Clemson players when they paid a visit to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue last year.

LSU completed a perfect 15-0 on Monday night, defeating Clemson 42-25 in New Orleans, Louisiana, to secure a first national title in 12 years.

Trump attended the game along with first lady Melania Trump and received a rousing reception when he walked onto the field at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for the national anthem.

The President was joined in the stands by a host of Republicans from Louisiana and by U.S. GOP Steve Scalise and U.S. Rep. Mike Johnson, both of whom are LSU graduates.

The national title decider against Clemson was the third game Trump attended this season and the second featuring LSU. The President was in the stands in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on November 9 as the Tigers defeated the Crimson Tide 46-41 in the so-called Game of the Century.

Thank you! https://t.co/4Qe7fb6r3K

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 14, 2020

He was also present at the annual game between Army and Navy in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on December 14 as the Midshipmen thrashed the Black Knights 31-7.

Trump received a warm reception on both occasions and his decision to invite LSU to the White House will go down well in Louisiana, a state where he won 58.1 percent of votes in the 2016 presidential election.

Visiting the White House was common practice for national title-winning teams, but has become a contentious political issue since Trump was elected four years ago.
In 2018, the President rescinded the invitation extended to Super Bowl LII winner Philadelphia Eagles, after it emerged a number of players had opted against attending.

Later that year, ahead of the NBA Finals Stephen Curry and LeBron James declared neither the Golden State Warriors nor the Cleveland Browns would attend if invited.

In January last year, Mookie Betts did not join his Boston Red Sox teammates as the 2018 World Series winner visited the White House.

A month later, three New England Patriots players—twin brothers Devin and Jason McCourty and Duron Harmon—followed suit as the Super Bowl LIV winners were welcomed by Trump.

Ahead of the Women's World Cup last summer, U.S. Women's National Team captain Megan Rapinoe also stated she had no intention of visiting the White House should the U.S. win the tournament.

Her stance sparked a spat with Trump, who suggested on Twitter Rapinoe should concentrate on winning the World Cup before worrying about any invites.

When the USWNT successfully defended its title, Rapinoe suggested Trump's tweet had only motivated the team more.

Donald Trump, College Football Playoff
(L-R) First Lady Melania Trump and U.S. President Donald Trump during the National Anthem prior to the College Football Playoff National Championship game between the Clemson Tigers and the LSU Tigers at Mercedes Benz Superdome on January 13 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Chris Graythen/Getty