Trump, a Yankees fan, praised Rivera on Monday as "maybe the greatest pitcher of all time."
Rivera is a relief pitcher who spent his entire 19-year-career with the New York Yankees.
He holds the all-time record for saves and was the first player elected to the baseball Hall of Fame unanimously when he was enshrined this summer.
Trump recalled Rivera's "dominance" en route to a career that included 13 All-Star selections and five World Series titles. The president also praised the Panama native who became a U.S. citizen on his charity work.
The White House ceremony made references to Rivera's playing career, including playing Metallica's "Enter Sandman," Rivera's theme song.
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