Jose Altuve has commented on his now viral photo during the Houston Astros’ visit to the White House to celebrate the team’s World Series victory. Earlier this week, Altuve joined his teammates on a trip to the White House when a photographer captured him standing behind President Donald Trump with a stone cold look on his face.
The photo made it appear that Altuve was no fan of the president and that he wanted to get away as soon as possible.
The death stare led to some entertaining commentary on social media.
Here’s the photo:
As for what was actually going through Altuve’s mind, he cleared that up with comments to the media on Wednesday.
“The president was talking. What do you want me to do? I was just standing there listening. It was an honor to be there. If I didn’t want to go, I just wouldn’t go,” he said, via Astros beat writer Jake Kaplan. “I’m (standing) behind the president, probably one of the most important guys in the world. I can’t be laughing or doing stupid things while he’s talking. I need to listen.”
That settles it.
Altuve was not disrespecting the president. He was simply listening to Donald Trump. After all, we know that Trump has the “best words.”