Jersey City - Steve Stricker, captain of the victorious US
Presidents Cup team, Sunday called it "a thrill" to receive the
trophy from American President Donald Trump.
After another lopsided American win in the lopsided rivalry
with the International team, Trump was on hand at Liberty National Golf Club to
present the hardware.
"I thought it was a great thrill," Stricker said.
"I thought it was a great opportunity for us to be with him."
Trump spent Sunday morning at his golf resort in Bedminster
before making the hop to Liberty National in nearby Jersey City.
His trip to New Jersey came amid a backlash against his
Twitter criticism of San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, following her pleas for
more help in the relief efforts in storm-battered Puerto Rico.
In presenting the trophy, Trump said he dedicated it those
suffering the effects of hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.
"I want to just remember them and we are going to
dedicate this trophy to all of those people that went through so much," he
Trump has stirred up controversy in the sports world with
his bitter criticism of professional athletes, especially in the NFL, who
decline to stand during the national anthem as a gesture of social protest.
Earlier this week Stricker said he and his players discussed
the issue and opted against any kind of demonstration when the tournament
opened on Thursday.
And he said receiving the trophy from the sitting president
was an honour, regardless of one's political views.
"This tournament is about respecting the office,
respecting the president of the United States," Stricker said.
"Whether your views may be one way versus another, that
wasn't what it was about there on the green.
"It was about us getting together as a team, playing
for one another, playing for the USA - and it was a great thrill for all of us
to get the trophy handed to us from him."