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Pelosi invites US women's soccer team to Capitol

The Hill logo The Hill 7/8/2019 Morgan Gstalter
Nancy Pelosi sitting in a parking lot: Pelosi invites US women's soccer team to Capitol © Aaron Schwartz Pelosi invites US women's soccer team to Capitol

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Sunday invited the U.S. women's national soccer team to visit the Capitol after their stunning 2-0 victory over the Netherlands in the World Cup final.

Pelosi congratulated the team for winning with "strength, unity and patriotism" and extended the invitation "by popular, bipartisan demand" with Reps. Kathy Castor (D-Fla.) and Darin LaHood (R-Ill.)

"I'm pleased to invite the players to the US Capitol as a team or individually to celebrate your inspiring victory," Pelosi wrote on Twitter.

The invite came after co-captain Megan Rapinoe accepted Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's (D-N.Y.) offer to come to the Capitol instead of visiting the White House.

Rapinoe, who won the tournament's Golden Boot as the top scorer, has publicly feuded with President Trump and last month said she was "not going to the f---ing White House" in the case of a World Cup win.

Trump responded in a tweet that "leagues and teams love coming to the White House" and he is a "big fan of the American Team, and Women's Soccer" but cautioned that "Megan should WIN first before she TALKS! Finish the job!"

The athlete doubled down and said she stood by her comments "with the exception of the expletive - my mom will be very upset about that."

The Hill has reached out to the White House for comment about if an invitation will be extended.

Star forward Alex Morgan said Friday that the team would make that decision together.

The president congratulated the team on Sunday and said "America is proud of you all!"

"We haven't really thought about it," he told reporters when asked about inviting the team to the White House. "We'll look at that."


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