The 10 funniest moments from Sports and Fitness Day at the White House

President Trump points at former football player Herschel Walker during White House Sports & Fitness Day on May 30, 2018.

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President Trump points at former football player Herschel Walker during White House Sports & Fitness Day on May 30, 2018.
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On Wednesday, President Donald Trump welcomed hoards of student athletes and members of the Presidential Council on Health, Fitness, and Nutrition to the South lawn for White House Sports and Fitness Day.

The goal of the event was to highlight the council’s work encouraging American kids to play sports and making fitness more accessible to economically disadvantaged youth.

Lots of White House officials, including senior adviser Ivanka Trump and the press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, got in on the fun, and looked like they had a great time.

Here are 10 of the most amusing moments from the event:


Several professional athletes attended the event. Earlier this year, Trump issued an executive order refocusing the council’s efforts on youth sports.

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From left to right: Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, President Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump, former Yankees Pitcher Mariano Rivera, Olympic volleyball player Misty-May Treanor, and NFL star Herschel Walker.
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“Many of life’s most valuable lessons are learned on the field of competition,” Trump said in his remarks, before joking: “There, young Americans will discover — that’s what they do, they discover, they’re learning all the time — the importance of teamwork, social skills — do I have social skills? I don’t know. I have social media, that’s for sure. I don’t know about skill, but I have a lot of media.”

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Trump participates in the White House Sports & Fitness Day.
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The president’s comfort zone is golf, and he took a few swings, but he also took a turn in the batting cage later on.

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The president practices his golf swing.
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Wearing a nice dress didn’t stop Ivanka from having fun with a football. She joked on Instagram that it was a “rather pathetic throw.”

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Ivanka Trump passes a football to former NFL star Herschel Walker.
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Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

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The president praised his daughter for her help organizing the event. “Thanks also to Ivanka for her leadership in refocusing the council,” he said. “She’s worked so hard on this. She works hard on everything, actually.”

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Ivanka Trump tosses a football.
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“I was always the best athlete, people don’t know that,” Trump said about his college sports days to the Wall Street Journal in an interview last year.

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President Trump makes a triumphant facial expression
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“Does winning ever get boring to you, Mariano?” Trump asked New York Yankees legend Mariano Rivera, 13-time All Star and five-time World Series champ. “Nope,” the future Hall of Famer replied.

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Donald Trump laughs alongside former New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera while delivering opening remarks
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Leah Millis/Reuters

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Sanders went straight from her afternoon press briefing to the event in time to pass a football.

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Sanders tosses a football.
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Leah Millis/Reuters

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Rudy Giuliani, one of Trump’s lawyers, took a break from his legal duties to attend the event, along with his guest, Jennifer Leblanc. Trump’s Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar was also there.

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Just watching the action was enough to make Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, break a sweat.
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Herschel Walker, pictured here with Ivanka Trump, is now the co-chair of the Presidential Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition. President Dwight D. Eisenhower first established the council in 1956.

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Ivanka Trump goes in for a high-five with NFL player Herschel Walker
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Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

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This video from the White House showcases all the different sports on offer, including track and field events, golf, soccer, and baseball. It sure looked like staffers had fun.