President Donald Trump speaks during a ceremony to honor the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins. Photo: Susan Walsh / AP

President Trump welcomed the Pittsburgh Penguins to the White House on Tuesday to congratulate them on their Stanley Cup win. "You are true, true champions, and incredible patriots...the NHL has not seen a three-peat in a generation, but I know you are ready for the challenge. I'm going to be watching so closely, because you think you're going to be back here next year? I think so."

Trump also suggested that Penguins owner Ron Burkle get involved with NAFTA negotiations: "I really mean that, if you want to get involved in negotiating NAFTA, I like it. Because we're renegotiating NAFTA, Ron. Of course, he may not like that, because maybe he's on the other side...You're not on the other side of NAFTA, Ron, are you?"

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