The U.S. Women’s Soccer team is high on their fourth FIFA World Cup victory and on Wednesday, they celebrated with a parade in New York City. However, the team has been pretty public about the fact that they probably won’t be going to the White House.
One of the team’s stars, Megan Rapinoe, said on Tuesday, “We’ve said publicly — at least I’ve said publicly, I think most of the team, if not everybody, I think everybody is with me. We don’t want to go to the White House. So I figure that’s why the invitation hasn’t come.”
Early during the tournament, President Trump slammed Rapinoe on Twitter after she said that she wouldn’t want to go to the White House. Trump wrote, “Megan should WIN first before she TALKS!”
But while the women aren’t expected to visit the Trump White House, they did earn the support of the previous administration.
Barack Obama posted a photo of himself holding a jersey with his name on the back and the number “19.” The former president wrote “proud to rep America’s best team.” He added, “thanks for being such a strong inspiration for women and girls.”
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) July 10, 2019
Joe Biden also posted a tweet of himself with a jersey featuring the number “19.”
“Your talent, heart, and advocacy for equal pay represents the best of America and serves as an inspiration for all,” he added.
Biden also thanked the team for the jersey, but it’s not clear if the jerseys were a gift from the team.
.@USWNT, congratulations on the big win and thank you for the jersey! Your talent, heart, and advocacy for equal pay represents the best of America and serves as an inspiration for all. #USWNTParade pic.twitter.com/0cDZiV8xz0
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) July 10, 2019
Even though he feuded with the team on Twitter, Trump congratulated them after they won the tournament. He wrote, “Congratulations to the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team on winning the World Cup! Great and exciting play. America is proud of you all!”