In August 2015, a critically ill 3-year-old boy, Andrew Ten, and his parents were in desperate need of getting him from Los Angeles to the New York area to a hospital but commercial airlines refused to take responsibility for flying the child because he needed an elaborate life-support system for the transport.
That’s when father Harold Ten reached out to then-civilian Donald Trump to ask if he could accommodate the family. Harold Ten said, “Mr. Trump did not hesitate when we called him up. He said ‘yes, I’ll send my plane out.’” Who said Trump was such a selfish, vindictive person?
And now-President Trump just surprised the Little League World Champions with the ride of a lifetime too.
A lot of people credit former President Ronald Reagan as being the first one to invite championship teams to the White House but it actually first occurred a little over 150 years ago when President Andrew Johnson welcomed the amateur Brooklyn Atlantics and the Washington Nationals baseball clubs.
Exactly 150 years ago, President Ulysses S. Grant hosted the Cincinnati Red Stockings in 1869. But it wasn’t until the 1924 Washington Senators to be the first championship team to be invited.
What Pres. Reagan did was make it a tradition; that every championship winning team across any sport would be invited.
It was going well for thirty years until Pres. Trump took office and then a lot of these self-righteous players refused to attend due to differences they shared with his policies.
The percentage of those that attend is about half so far. It’s basically 50/50 of teams/players that attend.
But Pres. Trump did something special for the 2019 World Series Champion Louisiana Eastbank All-Stars. The group of ecstatic kids accepted a last-minute invitation on Friday to fly aboard Air Force One with the President himself. The Eastbank All-Stars defeated Curacao 8-0 to clinch the title.
Air Force One flew them to Washington D.C. where they visited the Capitol Building, White House and the rest of the amazing places to visit in the nation’s capital.
Classic @realDonaldTrump! La Eastbank All Stars (2019 Little League world champions) just happened to be visiting the White House today–when the president called an audible and invited them to JOIN US on Air Force One for the flight back to LA! pic.twitter.com/PyDDyx79xv
— Mike Johnson (@MikeJohnson) October 11, 2019
Also, it wasn’t gender exclusive either.
Trump also welcomed North Carolina’s Rowan County All-Stars, the 2019 Little League Softball World Series Champions as well.
Deputy Press Secretary Steven Groves said in a statement, “Today, the President welcomed the team to the Oval Office along with North Carolina’s Rowan Little League Softball Team. During their visit in the Oval Office, the President invited the Louisiana team to fly to Louisiana with him this evening.”
House Minority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise also appreciated the praised in a photo alongside the champs.
What an amazing day! I’m so proud of this team! ⚾️🏆 pic.twitter.com/k27et9lBCR
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) October 11, 2019
See liberals? Pres. Trump isn’t as heartless as you thought, is he?