The moment came as Trump recounted parts of the Nationals season, eventually getting to a point where Suzuki hit a three-run home run against the New York Mets in September.
After Trump called out for Suzuki, the catcher walked over, put on a MAGA hat and stood in front of the podium, spreading his arms outward.
Around the same time, Trump said “aw, I love him” before hugging the catcher from behind and adding: “That’s so nice.”
At the podium, Suzuki said “I love you all” twice before joining the group of his teammates.
I love you all. Thank you Mr. President," Washington Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki says, putting on a “Make America Great Again” hat and prompting an awkward hug from Pres. Trump. https://t.co/35Zg7cQ9nU pic.twitter.com/3wmyPJdrAM
— ABC News (@ABC) November 4, 2019
“I didn’t know that was going to happen,” Trump said.
Trump also jokingly brought up his own political issues earlier in his speech at the White House event.
“Throughout this season the Nationals captured the hearts of baseball fans across the region and across the country,” the president said. “America fell in love with Nats baseball. They just fell in love with Nats baseball. That’s all they wanted to talk about. That and impeachment. I like Nats baseball much more.”