Chicago Cubs player Albert Almora Jr. secretly gave President Donald Trump the middle finger during an Oval Office meet and greet.
The 2016 World Series champions visited the White House on June 28 to meet with Trump, the Daily Mail reported. Photographers captured the moment Almora Jr. secretly gave the president the middle finger as he sat at the Resolute Desk.
While the outfielder is seen with his hands in his pocket, his middle finger remained outside of the pocket and clearly extended. The picture was taken by the Chicago Sun-Times, and then shared on Twitter.
Almora Jr. said he was looking forward to meeting Trump.
"I just look at it as it’s not every day you get to meet the President of the United States," he told the Sun-Times. "And in a year I get to meet two."
Trump met with several Cubs members, including manager Joe Maddon. He called the Cubs a "great team." The baseball team gave Trump a jersey printed with the number "45" in recognition of being elected as the 45th president of the United States.
Maddon said the visit to the White House was voluntary and not an official trip. He said he went to the White House out of respect for the Ricketts family, which owns the ball club and had donated to Trump's campaign.
The president had even nominated Ricketts to serve as deputy secretary of commerce in his administration. Ricketts, however, withdrew from consideration after he was unable to meet ethics requirements related to his business holdings.
The Cubs previously visited the White House in January, just before former President Barack Obama left office. In that trip, Almora Jr. wore a suit. He wore a plaid shirt and jeans when meeting Trump.
A total of 10 Cubs players said they planned on skipping the Trump White House visit, according to a survey by the Sun-Times. Other athletes have also said they would be skipping their White House visits.
"Somebody asked me about it a couple months ago, a hypothetical, if a championship were to happen, what would I do," Golden State Warrior Steph Curry told reporters, according to The Washington Post. "I answered I wouldn't go. I still feel that way today."
“We just won a championship, and I can guarantee that wasn’t on anybody’s mind as we were enjoying this,” Finals MVP Kevin Durant added. ” … I’m sure we will have a conversation about it pretty soon. We have the parade, we just won a title. Let us enjoy that and we will figure it out.”
Trump took to Twitter on June 27 to continue his attack on the media.
"So they caught Fake News CNN cold, but what about NBC, CBS & ABC? What about the failing [New York Times] & [Washington Post]? They are all Fake News!" the president tweeted at 7:47 a.m.