It was not clear how Virginia reached its determination, however one member of the college’s highly effective Board of Visitors — its model of a Board of Regents — stated Saturday that the board as a complete had not been concerned. The determination, although, was not that shocking to some Virginia supporters who’re amongst the president’s sharpest critics.
“Trump has turned everything into a culture war,” stated Terry McAuliffe, the former governor of Virginia who was in workplace throughout the lethal riot in Charlottesville. “The symbolism of the University of Virginia basketball team from Charlottesville going to the White House to see a president who condoned the racists, bigots and anti-Semites? I’m very happy Tony made this decision.”
Mr. McAuliffe, who attended the N.C.A.A. championship recreation in Minneapolis, stated he took Bennett “at his word” concerning scheduling, however he stated the coach had little selection.
“You cannot put Donald Trump and the word Charlottesville together again,” he stated. “He failed us that day, he failed Virginia, he failed America and he failed the world.”
Virginia is the newest addition to a rising variety of basketball champions — amongst Division I males’s, Division I ladies’s, the N.B.A. and the W.N.B.A. — to skip the White House throughout the Trump administration, although some have been by no means formally invited. In truth, the Baylor’s ladies’s staff will change into the first basketball champion from these 4 leagues to go to Mr. Trump.
In distinction, President Barack Obama, a critical basketball fan, hosted many champions in the sport throughout his eight years in the White House and is understood to play golf with Mr. Curry.
While champions in a number of different sports activities, each school , have visited the White House throughout Mr. Trump’s tenure, basketball is probably notable for its dominance by African-American gamers and extra progressive followers.
As of Saturday afternoon, Mr. Trump had not publicly addressed Virginia’s announcement.