President Donald Trump has no interests in filling out an NCAA tournament bracket.
According to reports, President Donald Trump has turned down ESPNs invitation to fill out an on camera NCAA tournament bracket, a tradition set by former President Barack Obama. For the past several years, Obama has hosted an ESPN crew in the White House and filled out brackets for both the men’s and women’s tournaments.
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As an avid basketball fan, Obama was well suited for the task and appeared thoughtful as he provided insight into his tournament selections. Andy Katz, the ESPN basketball analyst who developed the idea, explained that the concept of “Baracketology” was possible because “it was clear he was a fan of the sport and the NCAA tournament, like millions of other Americans.”
On the other hand, President Trump does not necessarily come off as your typical basketball fan. Although Donald Trump has plenty of experience choosing winners, through his time on the hit television show “The Apprentice,” it is difficult to envision him taking on the task of selecting an NCAA “Final Four.” Therefore, to many, it comes as no surprise that ESPN’s invitation was quickly shot down.
In an email to The Washington Post, White House spokeswoman Hope Hicks said, “We look forward to working with ESPN on another opportunity in the near future.” The statement did not make it clear what opportunity President Trump would agree to participate in, but it may be safe to assume that the days of Bracketology at the White House are dead and gone.