President Donald Trump undecided on whether to invite Raptors to White House

President Donald Trump isn’t sure whether he’ll invite the Toronto Raptors to the White House. When asked, Trump said he would have to “think about it.”

Trump said it was an “interesting question,” and that the team played “phenomenal basketball.” He then congratulated Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and reiterated that he would “think about it.”

The relevant portion of the interview begins around the 8:10 mark:

It has become customary for the President to invite professional sports champions to the White House in recent years. For Trump, however, getting NBA teams to accept that invite has proved difficult.

The Golden State Warriors have declined that invite multiple times. Trump was so insulted he eventually revoked the team’s invite. The whole situation resulted in LeBron James calling Trump a “bum.”

It’s unclear whether that played into Trump’s uncertainty about whether to invite the Raptors to the White House. There’s also the issue of the Raptors playing in Canada, though the team features plenty of players who were born in the United States, including Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry.

Raptors coach Nick Nurse has already said the team is working on a meeting with Trudeau. On Wednesday, Nurse said he had not heard from the White House, but added, “We’re Canada’s team anyway, right?”

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TORONTO, ON - JUNE 17: NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard raises the trophy on top of the bus during the Toronto Raptors Championship parade on June 13, 2019 in Toronto, ON, Canada. (Photo by Julian Avram/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON- JUNE 17 - Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) as the Toronto Raptors hold their victory parade after beating the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals in Toronto. June 17, 2019. (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - JUNE 17: Fans cheer as they wait for the Toronto Raptors Championship parade on June 17, 2019 in Toronto, ON, Canada. (Photo by Julian Avram/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON- JUNE 17 - Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) as the Toronto Raptors hold their victory parade after beating the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals in Toronto. June 17, 2019. (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - JUNE 17: Toronto Raptors player Pascal Siakam rides on the bus during the Toronto Raptors Championship parade on June 13, 2019 in Toronto, ON, Canada. (Photo by Julian Avram/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard takes a selfie holding his playoffs MVP trophy during the NBA basketball championship team's victory parade in Toronto, Monday, June 17, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry holds the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy up for the fans during the NBA basketball championship team's victory parade in Toronto, Monday, June 17, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry, left, holds the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy as forward Kawhi Leonard holds his playoffs MVP trophy during the NBA basketball championship team's victory parade in Toronto, Monday, June 17, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
Toronto Raptors fans celebrate during the NBA basketball championship team's victory parade in Toronto, Monday, June 17, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
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Chris Cwik is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at christophercwik@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Chris_Cwik

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