Mar 22, 2017; Louisville, KY, USA; President Donald Trump listens to the applause during his speech at Freedom Hall. Mandatory Credit: Pat McDonogh/Courier-Journal via USA TODAY NETWORK
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President Donald Trump declines an invitation to throw out the first pitch for the Washington Nationals on Opening Day.

This isn’t fake news. President Donald Trump won’t be throwing out the first pitch for the Washington Nationals on MLB Opening Day.

Trump was in talks with the Nationals to throw out the first pitch and spend an inning in the MASN broadcast booth. However, the president has declined the invitation due to a scheduling conflict, according to Nationals spokeswoman Jen Giglio.

“The White House has announced that President Trump will not be joining us on Opening Day due to a scheduling conflict,” Giglio said. “As all of you know, inviting the president is a 100-plus year tradition here in Washington baseball. It began with the Senators back in 1910 and when baseball came back to Washington the Nats continued that tradition.”

Presidents throwing out the first pitch on Opening Day in Washington has become a tradition. The tradition started in 1910 when President William Howard Taft threw out the first pitch. George W. Bush and Barack Obama have thrown out first pitches. Since 1910 13 presidents have thrown out the first pitch in Washington on Opening Day, according to ESPN.

Stephen Strasburg will start for the Nationals on Opening Day. In 2012 Trump criticized the Nationals on Twitter for shutting down Strasburg.

Maybe the Nationals should criticize Trump on Twitter for him not throwing out the first pitch to get back at him for criticizing them in 2012.

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