PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP announced that an all-female delegation will attend the final match of the Women’s World Cup this weekend in France to support the U.S. women’s national team.
The seven-person delegation will travel to Lyon, France, for the final game Sunday. The U.S. women’s national team advanced to the final match after beating England on Tuesday 2-1.[
The White House said in a statement that the delegation will be led by Karen Dunn Kelley, the deputy secretary of commerce.
Other women traveling to France include Jamie McCourt, the U.S. ambassador to Monaco; Josephine Olsen, director of the Peace Corps; Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; Marie Royce, assistant secretary of state for educational and cultural affairs; Shauna Rohbock, a former professional soccer player and member of the Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition; and Kelly Loeffler, the CEO of Bakkt and co-owner of the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream.
The announcement of the U.S. delegation comes amid a public spat between Trump and the co-captain of the U.S. team Megan Rapinoe. The player told the magazine Eight by Eight that she would not visit the White House if her team won and was invited.
“I’m not going to the f—— White House,” Rapinoe said. “No, I’m not going to the White House. We’re not going to be invited. I doubt it.”
Trump responded, tweeting that Rapinoe should “win before she talks! “Finish the job!”
“We haven’t yet invited Megan or the team, but I am inviting the TEAM, win or lose,” Trump added. “Megan should never disrespect our Country, the White House or our flag.”
Rapinoe, who is openly gay and married to a WNBA player, has protested during the national anthem – an issue that has long riled Trump, who has suggested that the soccer star’s protest is inappropriate.