Alex Cora, a Donald Trump critic, vows to use platform 'the right way' in Red Sox White House visit

The Boston Red Sox have accepted an invitation from the White House after winning the World Series.

Team president Sam Kennedy told reporters that the team is looking at dates for a visit.

Alex Cora, Trump critic, plans to join team at White House

Manager Alex Cora, who criticized President Donald Trump for downplaying the death toll in his native Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, plans to attend.

“I’m gonna use my platform the right way,” Cora told reporters. “I’m not gonna embarrass anybody. Actually, I’m gonna represent four million people from back home the right way when we go there.”

Cora called Trump’s lie on Twitter that six-to-18 Puerto Ricans died during Maria and “did not go up by muchdisrespectful in the wake of news that nearly 3,000 people perished.

Cora took the World Series trophy to Puerto Rico as part of the team’s celebration.

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CAGUAS, PUERTO RICO - NOVEMBER 3: Manager Alex Cora of the Boston Red Sox displays the 2018 World Series trophy during a World Series parade during a Boston Red Sox trip from Boston, Massachusetts to Caguas, Puerto Rico on November 3, 2018 after the Boston Red Sox 2018 World Series victory. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
CAGUAS, PUERTO RICO - NOVEMBER 3: Manager Alex Cora of the Boston Red Sox speaks during a World Series parade during a Boston Red Sox trip from Boston, Massachusetts to Caguas, Puerto Rico on November 3, 2018 after the Boston Red Sox 2018 World Series victory. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
CAGUAS, PUERTO RICO - NOVEMBER 3: Mayor of Caguas William Miranda Torres presents a gift to Manager Alex Cora of the Boston Red Sox during a trip from Boston, Massachusetts to Caguas, Puerto Rico on November 3, 2018 after the Boston Red Sox 2018 World Series victory. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
CAGUAS, PUERTO RICO - NOVEMBER 3: Manager Alex Cora of the Boston Red Sox reacts during a World Series parade during a Boston Red Sox trip from Boston, Massachusetts to Caguas, Puerto Rico on November 3, 2018 after the Boston Red Sox 2018 World Series victory. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
CAGUAS, PUERTO RICO - NOVEMBER 3: Manager Alex Cora of the Boston Red Sox displays the 2018 World Series trophy with his daughter Camila during a World Series parade during a Boston Red Sox trip from Boston, Massachusetts to Caguas, Puerto Rico on November 3, 2018 after the Boston Red Sox 2018 World Series victory. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
CAGUAS, PUERTO RICO - NOVEMBER 3: Manager Alex Cora of the Boston Red Sox eats pieces of a roasted pig during a trip from Boston, Massachusetts to Caguas, Puerto Rico on November 3, 2018 after the Boston Red Sox 2018 World Series victory. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
CAGUAS, PUERTO RICO - NOVEMBER 3: Eduardo Rodriguez #57, Eduardo Nunez #36, Christian Vazquez #7 and manager Alex Cora of the Boston Red Sox pose for a photograph with the 2018 World Series trophy during a World Series parade during a Boston Red Sox trip from Boston, Massachusetts to Caguas, Puerto Rico on November 3, 2018 after the Boston Red Sox 2018 World Series victory. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
CAGUAS, PUERTO RICO - NOVEMBER 3: Boston Red Sox President & CEO Sam Kennedy, Senior Vice President & Assistant General Manager Eddie Romero, Chairman Tom Werner, Eduardo Rodriguez #57, Eduardo Nunez #36, Christian Vazquez #7 manager Alex Cora, first base coach Tom Goodwin, coach Ramon Vazquez, bullpen coach Craig Bjornson, and assistant hitting coach Andy Barkett of the Boston Red Sox pose for a photograph with the 2018 World Series trophy during a World Series parade during a Boston Red Sox trip from Boston, Massachusetts to Caguas, Puerto Rico on November 3, 2018 after the Boston Red Sox 2018 World Series victory. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
CAGUAS, PUERTO RICO - NOVEMBER 3: Manager Alex Cora of the Boston Red Sox dances during a trip from Boston, Massachusetts to Caguas, Puerto Rico on November 3, 2018 after the Boston Red Sox 2018 World Series victory. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
Boston Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez laughs on stage during the presentation of Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora at his hometown with the 2018 World Series trophy, accompanied by several players and coaches, including Chairman Tom Werner and President and CEO Sam Kennedy, in Caguas, Puerto Rico, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. (AP Photo Carlos Giusti)
Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora stands on a stage at his hometown with the 2018 World Series trophy, accompanied by several players and coaches, including Chairman Tom Werner and President and CEO Sam Kennedy, in Caguas, Puerto Rico, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. (AP Photo Carlos Giusti)
Fan take pictures and film with their mobile phones as Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora arrives at his hometown with the 2018 World Series trophy, accompanied by Chairman Tom Werner and President and CEO Sam Kennedy, as well as seven Red Sox players and coaches, in Caguas, Puerto Rico, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. (AP Photo Carlos Giusti)
Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora arrives at his puerto rican hometown with the 2018 World Series trophy, in Caguas, Puerto Rico, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. (AP Photo Carlos Giusti)
Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora arrives at his hometown with the 2018 World Series trophy, accompanied by Chairman Tom Werner and President and CEO Sam Kennedy, as well as seven Red Sox players and coaches, in Caguas, Puerto Rico, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. (AP Photo Carlos Giusti)
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Past champions that declined to visit Trump’s White House

The decision also breaks from a trend of several champion sports teams that have declined or had their invitations to the White House rescinded because of disagreements with the policies of President Donald Trump.

The Golden State Warriors turned down a visit to Trump’s White House after winning the 2017 NBA championship and aren’t expected to visit or receive an invitation after their 2018 win.

“That was a rallying point, not just for our team, but for the entire NBA and the sports world in general,” star point guard Stephen Curry told CNN of the team’s decision. “There was so much support from all types of NBA players, from fans, kind of just backing us and understanding that, yes, going to the White House is definitely a huge honor — we’ve been before when President Obama was there — but if you’re not going to celebrate the collective and the majority of Americans who live in this country … then I didn’t want to go.”

Trump rescinded Eagles’ invitation

Trump rescinded his invitation to the Philadelphia Eagles after they won the Super Bowl in February after several players opted out of the scheduled visit.

Trump has been a vocal critic of NFL players kneeling to protest social injustice during the national anthem, calling players who do a “son of a bitch” and using his power as president to influence league policy on the issue.

“Over the last two years, I’ve been meeting with legislators, both Republican and Democrat, it don’t matter,” Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins said at the time. “If you want to meet to talk about events in my community, changing the country, I’m all for that. But this isn’t one of those meetings, so I’ll opt out of the photo opportunity.”

The 2017 North Carolina men’s basketball team and 2017 South Carolina women’s basketball team also declined visits while the 2017 WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx did not receive an invitation.

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TOPSHOT - Guests select fast food that the US president purchased for a ceremony honoring the 2018 College Football Playoff National Champion Clemson Tigers in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, DC, January 14, 2019. - US President Donald Trump says the White House chefs are furloughed due to the partial government shutdown. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
Baylor women's basketball head coach Kim Mulkey, third from left, presents a jersey to President Donald Trump as he welcomed members of the Baylor women's basketball team, who are the 2019 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball National Champions, to the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, April 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
President Donald Trump is given a jersey as he welcomes 2018 NCAA FCS College Football Champions, The North Dakota State Bison, to the State Dining room of the White House in Washington, Monday, March 4, 2019, with McDonald's and Chick-fil-A fast food. Third from left is to Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., second from right is Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and third from right is North Dakota State Bison quarterback Easton Stick. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Donald Trump poses for a picture with the 2017 NCAA football national champions, the Alabama Crimson Tide on the White House's South Lawn, in Washington, Tuesday, April 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
NASCAR Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr. presents a NASCAR helmet to U.S. President Donald Trump as the president welcomes Truex and his team to the White House in Washington, U.S., May 21, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
WASHINGTON, USA - APRIL 19: U.S. President Donald Trump (C) holds up a customized jersey presented to him by 2017 Super Bowl Champions the New England Patriots during their visit to the White House in Washington, United States on April 19, 2017. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 01: U.S. President Donald Trump is presented with a jersey by team captain Ahmad Bradshaw (R) during an event with the Army Black Knights football team from the U.S. Military Academy May 1, 2018 in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, DC. President Trump hosted the 2017 Commander in Chief's Trophy champion to honor their victory. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump meets with the Houston Astros, the 2017 World Series Champions, in the East Room at the White House in Washington, U.S. March 12, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 28: President Donald Trump holds a Chicago Cubs jersey as he meets with members of the 2016 World Series Champions Chicago Cubs in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC on Wednesday, June 28, 2017. Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant holds a '45' sign. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - (L-R) With Penguins' coach Mike Sullivan, and co owners Ronald Burkle and Mario Lemieux behind, President Donald Trump honors the Stanley Cup Champions Pittsburgh Penguins in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC Tuesday October 10, 2017. The Stanley Cup Trophy is in the foreground. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 27: U.S. President Donald Trump hosts Team USA at the North Portico of the White House April 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. President Trump hosted the team to celebrate their victories in the 2018 Winter Olympics. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 27: U.S. President Donald Trump hosts Team USA at the North Portico of the White House April 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. President Trump hosted the team to celebrate their victories in the 2018 Winter Olympics. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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Astros, other teams have visited

The 2017 Houston Astros did visit the White House. Puerto Rico natives Carlos Beltran and Carlos Correa did not attend. The visit came in the aftermath of the federal government’s mismanagement of Hurricane Maria.

The 2017 Clemson football team, 2018 Alabama football team and 2017 Super Bowl champion New England Patriots were among the teams that have visited the White House during Trump’s tenure.

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