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Washington, Mar 12 (efe-epa).- The apparent tension on Monday between Venezuelan second baseman Jose Altuve and President Donald Trump marked the White House reception for the Houston Astros, who won the World Series last year.
Altuve, the American League's Most Valuable Player, remained serious during Trump's remarks but experienced an uncomfortable moment at the end of the official reception in the White House East Wing.
Upon ending his lighthearted and congratulatory remarks, Trump turned to shake the hands of several players, including Josh Reddick and World Series Most Valuable Player George Springer, both of whom were standing near Altuve, who kept his hands in his pockets when he saw the president moving to greet him and his teammates.
The episode occurred after Trump congratulated Altuve, whom he called "amazing" and joking about the Venezuelan's height of 1.68 meters (5 feet 5 inches).
"He's much taller than I thought," said Trump to laughter from those in attendance.
On this occasion, Trump and the second baseman did indeed shake hands, although Altuve maintained his serious expression.
The Venezuelan had decided to attend the event, something that his Puerto Rican teammates Carlos Correa and Carlos Beltran elected not to do.

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