Cora says Red Sox haven't decided on White House visit

If the World Series champion Boston Red Sox decide to visit the White House, manager Alex Cora said Thursday that he and his players will respect and honor that decision.

Cora, a native of Puerto Rico, has been critical in the past of President Donald Trump's comments and actions in the wake of Hurricane Maria's devastation of the island in 2017.

That led to speculation that Cora and the Red Sox might refuse an invitation from the White House, following the footsteps of the NBA champion Golden State Warriors and Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles.

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Addressing reporters Thursday at Fenway Park, Cora said he respects the president and will abide by whatever decision the team makes.

"We'll talk about it and whatever we decide will be respected," he said. "Looking at this team, we have guys from the U.S. and from the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Puerto Rico. I'll use the platform the right way.

"I know the headlines don't show it, but I said I respect the president and I know that he helped our country. Whenever we have to make that decision we'll make it, and it will be respectful."

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BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 31: Confetti covers the fans and the Duck boats as they depart Fenway Park for the Boston Red Sox World Series Victory Parade on October 31, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Omar Rawlings/Getty Images)
Boston Red Sox's Brock Holt, left, and Andrew Benintendi cheer during a parade to celebrate the team's World Series championship over the Los Angeles Dodgers, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Boston Red Sox's Blake Swihart sprays the crowd as he passes by during a parade to celebrate the team's World Series championship over the Los Angeles Dodgers, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Confetti flies as a duckboat carrying members of the Boston Red Sox pass by during a parade to celebrate the team's World Series championship over the Los Angeles Dodgers, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 31: BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 31: Red Sox pitcher David Price, in person and on a giant cardboard cutout, as the Red Sox World Series parade goes through Copley Square in Boston, MA on Oct. 31, 2018. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 31: BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 31: The Boston Red Sox World Series victory parade headed down Boylston Street in Boston on Oct. 31, 2018. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 31: The Boston Red Sox ride in duck boats on Tremont Street past Park Street Church during the Boston Red Sox Victory Parade on October 31, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 31: A young Red Sox fan screams for his favorite players in Copley Square along the victory parade route for the 2018 World Series champion Boston Red Sox in Boston, MA on Oct. 31, 2018. (Photo by Lane Turner/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 31: A fan falls backwards into a crowd of people at the Red Sox World Series victory parade in Boston, MA on Oct. 31, 2018. (Photo by Micheal Swensen for The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 31: Red Sox Manager Alex Cora waves with the trophy during the Boston Red Sox World Series victory parade down Boylston Street in Boston on Oct. 31, 2018. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 31: Fans line the streets of Boston for the Red Sox World Series victory parade in Boston, MA on Oct. 31, 2018. (Photo by Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
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The Red Sox defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5 on Sunday to win their fourth World Series championship since 2004.

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