Trump asks Penguins co-owner to negotiate trade deals in White House visit


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WASHINGTON — President Trump welcomed the Pittsburgh Penguins, and the Stanley Cup, to the White House Tuesday afternoon.

Trump praised the Pens and joked that he wanted co-owner Ron Burkle to renegotiate international trade deals.

“A great, great negotiator,” Trump said. “Ron, how about negotiating some of our horrible trade deals that they’ve made?”

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Trump singled out several of the Pens’ players by name, including superstar Sidney Crosby. “Has he outdone you yet, Mario?” Trump asked, teasing co-owner Mario Lemieux, the team’s superstar of yesteryear.

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