House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has invited the U.S. women’s soccer team to visit the Capitol following its record fourth World Cup title, tweeting, “I’m pleased to invite the players to the US Capitol as a team or individually to celebrate your inspiring victory.”
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. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) July 8, 2019
President Trump also tweeted his congratulations after the team defeated the Netherlands on Sunday for the title, but did not extend an invitation to the White House, which he had previously said he would do.
Congratulations to the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team on winning the World Cup! Great and exciting play. America is proud of you all!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 7, 2019
Amid a public feud with star player Megan Rapinoe, the president seemed uncertain about the invitation when talking to reporters on Sunday, according to ABC News. “We haven’t really thought about it,” he said. “We’ll look at that.”
The president got tangled in the spat with Rapinoe following an interview she did with with soccer magazine Eight by Eight, in which she said she would not go to the White House if her team won the World Cup.
“I’m not going to the f**cking White House,” she said. “No, I’m not going to the White House. We’re not going to be invited.”
The president fired off a trio of tweets in response, saying, “I am a big fan of the American Team, and Women’s Soccer, but Megan should WIN first before she TALKS! Finish the job!” He added, “Megan should never disrespect our Country, the White House, or our Flag, especially since so much has been done for her & the team.”
Then he said he would invite the women’s team to the White House, win or lose. That invitation hasn’t come yet.
Rapinoe has been an outspoken supporter of LGBTQ rights, The New York Times reports. In 2016, she joined Colin Kaepernick in a protest against racism and police violence by kneeling during the national anthem. She has called herself a “walking protest.”
She and her team are also embroiled in a battle for equal pay with the U.S. men’s soccer team. The women’s team roundly outperforms the men’s team, but the men make much more money. On March 8—International Women’s Day—the women took action, filing a federal gender-discrimination lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation, calling for equal pay.
The women’s team and the federation have since tentatively agreed to mediate the lawsuit.
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez jumped in on Twitter after the team’s World Cup victory, inviting the players to visit to the House of Representatives. Rapinoe replied, “Consider it done, AOC.”
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 28, 2019
Read the full story at ABC News.