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#pounditThursday, February 2, 2023

Jose Altuve says he was not mean-mugging Donald Trump

Jose Altuve stole the show when the Houston Astros visited the White House on Monday to be recognized for winning the World Series, and the reigning AL MVP insists it was not intentional.

Several photos and videos showed Altuve standing behind Donald Trump with a very serious look on his face while the president was delivering his speech. On Tuesday, Altuve said it was an “honor” to be at the White House and said he was just trying to be respectful.

The internet, of course, drew its own conclusions about what may have been on Altuve’s mind. Many felt Altuve’s body language was his way of making a political statement, and there was one very awkward moment where it appeared Trump intentionally skipped over Altuve while dishing out handshakes.

It’s possible that Altuve disagrees with Trump’s policies, but that doesn’t mean his facial expressions on Monday were indicative of that. If he felt strongly enough about not going, he would have stayed home like Carlos Correa.


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