Trump Lauds Houston Astros and Singles Out Audience Members for Response to Hurricane Harvey

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    On Monday, the World Series champion Houston Astros attended a visit at the White House where President Donald Trump applauded the players' and various audience members' response to Hurricane Harvey.

    He called it “incredible” that the team was able to bring the championship back to Houston after everything that took place during Hurricane Harvey.

    “I would like to thank every member of the Astros team who spent time with those displaced in shelters,” Trump said. “You held food and supply drives all over Texas and beyond and gave millions and millions of dollars of your salaries.”

    The Astros players didn't only aid their own community, and Trump lauded the team's response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. The president applauded the players for being “true champions on and off the field” and called them a testament to the “unbreakable spirit” of the state of Texas.

    While the focus was on the winning team, the audience also featured some special people, including members of the Cajun Navy and Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale.

    “Jim — 'Mattress Mack' — opened the doors to his furniture store and provided food and shelter to hundreds and hundreds of people,” Trump explained. “And when the Astros made it to the World Series, he paid to send first responders of Hurricane Harvey to Game 6 in Los Angeles.”

    Trump added that McIngvale is a “real Texas guy” and singled out various members of the Cajun Navy who ventured to Texas with their own boats to rescue those who were stranded.

    “I just want to thank all of you for representing not only the great state of Texas but our country so well,” Trump concluded.