Will Red Sox Visit Donald Trump at White House? Team President Confirms Decision

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The Boston Red Sox celebrate their 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game Five to win the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 28, in Los Angeles, California. The City of Boston will host a victory parade for the Red Sox on October 31. Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

The Boston Red Sox have accepted their invitation to visit President Donald Trump at the White House, including manager Alex Cora, who has been critical of Trump's comments regarding his native Puerto Rico.

Red Sox president Sam Kennedy announced the decision during a screening of the team's World Series documentary on Monday. Kennedy said the White House extended the invitation and the team had accepted, although a date has not yet been scheduled for the visit.

In September, Cora called the president's comments regarding the death toll left by Hurricane Maria "disrespectful."

"It's a little bit, kind of like, frustrating that the topic keeps coming and coming and coming," Cora said. "What's the point, honestly? And I respect him. He's the president of the United States. But I don't agree with a lot of stuff that he says about us."

However, Cora -- who became the first Puerto Rican manager to win the World Series in October -- said he planned on visiting the White House as a "platform" for good.

"If you start looking at this team, we've got guys from the United States and from the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Puerto Rico," Cora said at the Red Sox's championship parade in Boston. "So I'll use the platform the right way. I respect the president of the United States. And I know he helped our country. So whenever we have to make the decision, we'll make it. And it's going to be respected."

Teams have visited the White House after winning championships in professional and collegiate sports as part of a tradition that began in 1980s. However, after several players from the Golden State Warriors said they would not attend Trump's White House ceremony following their 2017 championship, they were uninvited by the president.

Several members of the Philadelphia Eagles followed suit while the franchise tried to send a delegation of only a few players, which led to another cancellation by Trump.

"The Philadelphia Eagles are unable to come to the White House with their full team to be celebrated tomorrow," Trump said in a statement. "They disagree with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our military and the people of our country. The Eagles wanted to send a smaller delegation, but the 1,000 fans planning to attend the event deserve better."

On June 8, the president said neither the Cleveland Cavaliers nor the Warriors would be invited to the White House prior to Game 6 of the 2018 NBA Finals.

Last year's MLB champion, the Houston Astros, attended their White House ceremony in March.