- President Donald Trump said he hadn’t “really thought about” inviting the US women’s soccer team to the White House after they won the World Cup title in France on Sunday.
- In June, Trump said he would invite the team, regardless if they won or not, after captain Megan Rapinoe said she would not attend a White House visit.
- Trump also spoke to reporters on Sunday about the gender pay gap in soccer, saying he would “like to see” it, but said “you’ve also got to look at the numbers.”
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President Donald Trump has apparently backtracked on his White House invitation to the US women’s soccer team after they won the World Cup title in France on Sunday.
“We haven’t really thought about it,” Trump said, according to Voice of America, after the USWNT beat the Netherlands 2-0 in the World Cup final. “We’ll look at that.”
In June, Trump said he would invite the team, regardless if they won or not, after captain Megan Rapinoe said she would not attend a White House visit.
In the same tweet, Trump criticised Rapinoe’s comments, saying she should “never disrespect our Country, the White House, or our Flag, especially since so much has been done for her & the team.”
— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) July 7, 2019
Rapinoe, who went on to be named the most valuable player in the World Cup, had said: “I’m not going to the f—— White House.”
She repeated her vow not to visit the White House ahead of Sunday’s game, telling Agence France-Presse: “I haven’t spoken to everyone about it. Obviously not myself, not Ali Krieger, and I suspect not many, if any, of the other players [would attend the visit].”
Meanwhile, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has invited the USWNT to the US Capitol following their 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
In addition to his comments on the White House visit, Trump also spoke to reporters on Sunday about the gender pay gap in soccer.
“I would like to see that, but you’ve also got to look at the numbers,” Trump said, according to a White House pool report. “You have to look at who’s taking in what.”
Trump: “When you look at world cup soccer that’s one thing, you also have to look at professional soccer you have to see who’s making what so I don’t know what those numbers are. .. You have to see year round what is the attendance for women’s soccer.. But I would like to see it”
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) July 7, 2019
Women’s soccer is lucrative in the United States – their games generated more revenue than men’s games in the US in the three years after they won the 2015 World Cup, according to the Wall Street Journal.
In March, all of the players on the USWNT filed a gender-discrimination lawsuit claiming the US Soccer Federation has paid them less than the men’s team and denied they equal working conditions.
After their win on Sunday in Lyon, France, fans started chanting for equal pay.
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