Alex Cora is not going to be visiting the White House Thursday.
The Red Sox manager confirmed a report in the Puerto Rican newspaper El Nuevo Dio saying that he will not be joining the Red Sox when they are honored in Washington, D.C. by President Donald Trump later this week.
Cora said he made the decision over the last few days after talking to loved ones and people who are close to him. The Puerto Rico native has voiced his displeasure in how Trump and the United States government have handled hurricane relief efforts in the United States territory since August 2017.
"It's pretty tough to celebrate when we're at where we're at. I would rather not go and just be consistent with everything," Cora told the media after his team's win over the White Sox Sunday. He added, "We talked about it and we decided this was the best way to do it."
Asked if he was wary of any backlash for the decision Cora said, "No, because there is going to be reaction anyways," making it clear Red Sox ownership supported his choice.
The English version of the statement in El Nuevo Dio read:
"Puerto Rico is very important to me. During the winter I spent a lot of time back home, visiting my family and friends. Unfortunately, we are still struggling, still fighting. Some people still lack basic necessities, others remain without electricity and many homes and schools are in pretty bad shape almost a year and a half after Hurricane Maria struck.