Pres. Trump Congratulates NCAA Champions

South Carolina women's basketball team, reigning NCAA Tournament champions, declines invitation to White House

The White House said 18 NCAA teams planned to attend the reception; South Carolina's women's basketball team declined the invitation.

The invite for Friday, when the White House is set to hold an event honoring NCAA champions happens to fall on the same day Staley says her team needed to practice.

At the end of September, Staley publicly expressed her discontent at the Gamecocks - who won the title back in March - not yet getting an invitation to the White House.

The teams, which will be joined by national champion squads from other schools, will be recognized at the White House before spending the afternoon touring other landmarks in the nation's capital.




"We haven't gotten an invitation yet and that in itself speaks volumes", Staley told theAssociated Press.

In a photo posted to the social media account on Friday, the UW team is shown arranged around President Donald Trump under a text bar identifying them not as the rowing team, but as "U of Washington Women's Rugby".

In the Red Room of the White House, the NRA-backed Trump greeted the West Virginia's co-ed rifle team by saying, "We saved the Second Amendment!" Women's Rugby has won the last 6 national championships in their division. Her office promised that the invitation would come later in the fall but, by the time it did, Staley and her team were no longer interested. What's worse, teams that won after them got theirs sooner.

The North Carolina men's basketball team said earlier this year that they wouldn't be able to make it because the team couldn't agree on a date. Trump took away the invite after Curry suggested his team did not wish to meet with Trump.

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