President Donald Trump congratulated Sunday the U.S. women’s soccer team on its historic World Cup win against the Netherlands after he tweeted last month that regardless of whether they “win or lose” he would invite the team to the White House.
However, following a public feud with Megan Rapinoe, the team’s co-captain and top scorer, the President seemed considerably less willing to do so.
“We haven’t really thought about it. We’ll look at that,” said Trump.
ABC News writes that the Trump administration has so far only hosted the Baylor University Lady Bears and has not invited any of the WNBA champions since the President took office. The White House has not returned a request for comment, the outlet writes.
However, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi took on the opportunity, tweeting an invitation to the U.S. soccer team to visit the U.S. Capitol.
“Congrats to @uswnt for winning w/ strength, unity & patriotism. By popular, bipartisan demand & with @USRepKCastor & @RepLaHood, co-chairs of Soccer Caucus, I’m pleased to invite the players to the US Capitol as a team or individually to celebrate your inspiring victory,” she tweeted, also congratulating the players.
Rapinoe said last month that in case her team wins, they would not go “to the f—— White House.” She later accepted an offer by Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to visit the Capitol.
Last year, Pelosi and Democrats also got in the middle of a feud between Trump and the 2018 NBA champions, the Golden State Warriors, inviting them to the Capitol after Trump withdrew his invitation.
“I stand by the comments that I made about not wanting to go to the White House, with the exception of the expletive,” Rapinoe said amid some backlash following her initial comments and criticism from Trump.
Rapinoe has been a long-time critic of the President and one of the first athletes to follow then-NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s lead in September 2016 by taking a knee during the national anthem against police brutality and racial oppression.