Texas A&M teams meet with President Trump at White House

Published: Nov. 17, 2017 at 6:15 PM CST
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Two teams from Texas A&M University met with President Donald Trump at the White House Friday.

The Men's Track and Field team and the Women's Equestrian team were both invited guests as the president met with NCAA national championship teams.

"It's a real privilege to be here today," said Pat Henry, Texas A&M Track & Field head coach.

The Aggie Equestrian team became the first equestrian national champions to be recognized at the White House, marking strides forward for this sport. The team met with both Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and with President Trump.

After a lot of hard work in the last season, Henry said his team certainly earned this Presidential praise.

"It's a unique opportunity just to get to come here and for these young men, this is really a special time and maybe it's something that you'd never ever get to do the rest of your life," Henry said. The president took a few moments to congratulate every team at the White House.

Henry, who earned his ninth national title coaching with the Aggies this past year, said this visit brought about a first for him.

"The president allowed us to go into the Oval Office. I've had the opportunity to be here a few times. He's the first President to allow us to do that," Henry shared.

"I'm very blessed to be a part of the A&M track and field team. At the end of the day, last season was definitely wonderful but we're all looking for the stuff in the future," Texas A&M Senior Mylik Kerley said.

The teams brought some presents for the White House as well. The women brought a pair of boots and the men brought team jackets for President Trump.