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Astros' Jose Altuve responds to White House visit photo reports: 'It was an honor to be there'

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 12: Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (R) watches U.S. President Donald Trump during a celebration of the team's World Series victory in the East Room of the White House March 12, 2018 in Washington, DC. Trump talked about Hurricane Harvey and the city and team's resilience in the face of the storm. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 12: Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (R) watches U.S. President Donald Trump during a celebration of the team's World Series victory in the East Room of the White House March 12, 2018 in Washington, DC. Trump talked about Hurricane Harvey and the city and team's resilience in the face of the storm. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

HOUSTON – Jose Altuve is responding to those who have thoughts about the way he looked during the Astros’ White House on Monday.

"The president was talking. What do you want me to do? I was just standing there listening,” Altuve reportedly said. “It was an honor to be there. If I didn't want to go, I just wouldn't go."

Some said the star hitter and second baseman “looked pretty awkward” in photos and video taken during the visit.

Deadspin.com also noted at the end of the event, Altuve showed “zero interest” in shaking President Donald Trump’s hand.

However, after searching through images from the event, KPRC 2 found at least two moments when Trump and Altuve shook hands.

U.S. President Donald Trump (2nd R) congratulates Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve while celebrating the team's World Series victory in the East Room of the White House March 12, 2018 in Washington, DC. Trump talked about Hurricane Harvey and the city and team's resilience in the face of the storm. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump (2nd R) congratulates Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve while celebrating the team's World Series victory in the East Room of the White House March 12, 2018 in Washington, DC. Trump talked about Hurricane Harvey and the city and team's resilience in the face of the storm. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump (R) congratulates Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve while celebrating the team's World Series victory in the East Room of the White House March 12, 2018 in Washington, DC. Trump talked about Hurricane Harvey and the city and team's resilience in the face of the storm. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump (R) congratulates Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve while celebrating the team's World Series victory in the East Room of the White House March 12, 2018 in Washington, DC. Trump talked about Hurricane Harvey and the city and team's resilience in the face of the storm. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Altuve’s perceived displeasure was linked in some reports to pal Carlos Correa’s absence from the White House visit.

But Correa said his family is in town and he planned to use the team's off day to send supplies to Puerto Rico.

Let us know what you think about Altuve at the White House. Was it much ado about nothing, or is something else going on here?

UPDATE: Altuve has shared an Instagram post that appears to show his resting angry face near the hallowed trophy. 

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I hate the 🏆😂

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