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Donald Trump tweets that national champion Clemson football team will visit White House

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a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Clemson ran over Alabama in Monday's national title game. © Mark Rebilas, USA TODAY Sports Clemson ran over Alabama in Monday's national title game. The national champion Clemson Tigers football team will visit the White House on Jan. 14, President Donald Trump announced in a tweet Friday.

“I look forward to hosting, right out of the great State of South Carolina, the 2019 NCAA Football Champion Clemson Tigers at the White House on Monday, January 14th. What a game, what a coach, what a team!” President Trump wrote.

It will be the second trip to the Trump White House for Clemson, which beat Alabama 44-16 in the College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday. The Tigers also visited in 2017 after they beat the Crimson Tide for the 2016 national championship.

Championship teams visiting the White House became a yearly tradition late in the 20th century under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

Since President Trump took office, however, the practice of visiting the White House has invited scrutiny and controversy. The Golden State Warriors have not been to the White House for either of their back-to-back NBA titles, with President Trump saying in 2017 that star Steph Curry “is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!”

That Twitter declaration prompted NBA superstar LeBron James to call the president “a bum” in a tweet.

The Philadelphia Eagles also did not make a trip to the White House after winning their first Super Bowl title. The champions’ invitation was rescinded last year after a number of players dropped out of attending.

The current men's and women's college basketball national champions also have not visited the White House. Villanova coach Jay Wright said in October that his most recent title team did not receive an invitation

Alabama, the college football champion before Clemson, made a White House trip after winning the 2017 championship. A number of other pro teams and athletes have also visited: The Pittsburgh Penguins attended after winning the Stanley Cup in 2017, as did the Houston Astros for their 2017 title. The Boston Red Sox have announced that they will make a White House visit at some point after winning the 2018 World Series. 

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Donald Trump tweets that national champion Clemson football team will visit White House

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