President Barack Obama used yet another White House celebration of an American Stanley Cup winner to take a playful jab at Canada.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau fired back a joke of his own via Twitter.
Obama, an avid Chicago sports fan, welcomed the Chicago Blackhawks to the White House on Thursday.
The Blackhawks extended a streak last season of U.S. teams to take the Stanley Cup that dates to 1993, when the Montreal Canadiens were the last Canadian team to top the NHL.
“We’ve got a state dinner with Canada coming up, so we may just leave it right in the middle of the room, just to gloat a little bit,” Obama said to laughter, with the Cup situated to his right.
Trudeau’s social media account picked up on the comment and pointed out the fact that Canada beat the U.S. in two of the last four Olympic men’s hockey finals (and the last two women’s finals, not mentioned).
In 2014, Obama lost a beer bet with then-Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper over which nation’s hockey teams would win their games in Sochi. And was late paying up.
The U.S. last earned Olympic men’s hockey gold at Lake Placid 1980.