By Pete Schroeder
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US President Donald Trump was greeted with boos and a handful of "Lock It!" when he appeared on screen at the World Series in Washington on Sunday, even as he celebrated one of his government's biggest victories. Trump appeared on a screen at the Washington Nationals Park stadium between game 5 entrances between the Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros.
The president, along with First Lady Melania Trump and several lawmakers, appeared live on screen as part of a video package thanking American troops for their service.
The hometown crowd applauded fans and soldiers previously screened, but there were boos and isolated champions of "Lock Him" when Trump appeared, according to a Reuters reporter present and videos posted on Twitter.
The icy reception came on the day Trump announced the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the Islamic State group, in a US Special Forces invasion of northwestern Syria.
Trump won just 4% of the votes in the District of Columbia in the 2016 presidential election. The US capital is hosting its first World Series since 1933.
Trump did not play the first ceremonial pitch in the game, as many previous presidents did. This task fell to celebrity chef Jose Andres, who founded a nonprofit group to feed disaster victims around the world.
Andres also canceled plans to run a restaurant at Trump's Washington hotel because of Trump's derogatory comments about the Mexicans, which led to a legal settlement. (Reporting by Pete Schroeder and Nandita Bose)