Red Sox Manager Is Reconsidering Saying “Yes” to White House Visit

Puerto Rico native Alex Cora previously said he wanted to use the visit to have a dialogue.

Alex Cora
Former Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora. (Rob Tringali/ SportsChrome/ Getty)
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Boston Red Sox manager is thinking twice about visiting the White House next month – and it has nothing to do with fast food.

The World Series champs are scheduled to pay a visit to see President Trump at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue on February 15 and Cora said in the past that he would attend.

However, before the annual dinner of the Boston chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, Cora indicated he may be rethinking that decision.

“We’ll see what happens,” Cora said. “There’s a lot of stuff going on right now as far as the government and the shutdown and all that. Right now I can say yes. It might change tomorrow.”

A Puerto Rico native, Cora has been critical of Trump’s policies toward his home island as well as the relief efforts which were provided in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

The 43-year-old manager’s decision could affect what some of his players choose to do and Red Sox executives are also still discussing if it is appropriate to visit the White House if the government is still shut down.

“If I go, I’ll represent Puerto Rico the right way,” Cora said. “I don’t know what kind of platform I’ll have if I go. It’s not that I’ve changed my mind, but we’ll see what happens in the upcoming days.”

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