WASHINGTON, USA – US President Donald Trump on Sunday, July 7 (Monday, July 8, Philippine time) congratulated the US women’s team for their FIFA World Cup victory, saying the country is “proud of you all.”
“Congratulations to the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team on winning the World Cup! Great and exciting play,” Trump tweeted.
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
The US defeated the Netherlands, 2-0, on a penalty by Megan Rapinoe and a strike by Rose Lavelle in the final in Lyon.
Rapinoe had earlier vowed to stay home if Trump invites the team to Washington, and she urged her teammates to join her in protesting the president’s policies and character.
Trump responded on Twitter that “Megan should never disrespect our Country, the White House, or our Flag, especially since so much has been done for her and the team.”
Championship US sports teams are traditionally honored with an invitation to the White House, though Trump has at times revoked invitations after team members criticized him.
Among the teams that have declined the offer have been the Golden State Warriors and the Philadelphia Eagles, who won the National Football League Super Bowl last year. – Rappler.com