President Donald Trump spent the morning huddling with NCAA championship teams, posing for photos with each group of athletes in spots across the White House grounds.
Trump struck a stance with the Penn State wrestling delegation, and tossed a red, white and blue volleyball with the Ohio State University men’s team.
Maryland lacrosse player Dylan Maltz, who hails from Ashburn, Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C., earned a portrait of his own with the president by creatively showing up in a tie promoting Trump’s candidacy in 2016.
Missing from game day at the White House were two prominent sports brands – the University of North Carolina men’s basketball team and the South Carolina women’s basketball team
Trump jovially met with other NCAA teams on the South Lawn and various rooms of the White House in their absence on Friday.
With the Utah skiing team, he contorted his pointer fingers and thumbs into a ‘U’ shape for their photo together.
He and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos prayed with the Oklahoma Women’s Softball Team in the White House’s East Room.
‘A lot of great athletes,’ he told the Maryland Women’s lacrosse team, jesting that the men and women of the school – both of whom were at the top of their respective divisions – should play each other.
In the Red Room of the White House, the president plugged the Second Amendment as he met the West Virginia Rifle team.
‘Second Amendment, right? Save the Second Amendment!’ the president said.
He also commented that West Virginia has a ‘great governor’ and is ‘doing well.’
The state’s Democratic governor, Jim Justice, announced a party switch to Republican at a Trump rally in the state this past August.