Megan Rapinoe — by far the loudest voice on the U.S. women's soccer team — said her squad would be "very happy to accept" U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's invitation to visit the Senate's "upper chamber" to celebrate the team's World Cup victory.
Schumer (D-N.Y.) issued a "formal invitation" to the team on the Senate floor Monday and also called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring equal pay for women to a vote.
"And while today we celebrate their victory, we also recognize that these women, these athletes, have challenges, and they make us really think about the future of women's sports," Schumer noted. "They've shone a light on the fact that in our society women are simply not treated fairly because of their gender. Something, something needs to change here, What the U.S. women did was extraordinary, and they deserve to be compensated fairly. All women need to be compensated fairly, period. And we ought to pay attention to this not just once every four years during the World Cup, but year-in and year-out."
What the #USWNT did was extraordinary, and they deserve to be compensated fairly. All women need to be compensated… https://t.co/hYI8DPBSkF— Chuck Schumer (@Chuck Schumer) 1562626973.0
Upon hearing about Schumer's invitation and his push for equal pay, Rapinoe told reporters, "That's great. I love that. Interested to see what McConnell does. Thank you, Chuck Schumer, for inviting us out. We are very happy to accept your invitation to come."
Any White House invitation?
But as of Tuesday morning, the U.S. women still haven't received an invitation from President Donald Trump to visit the White House to celebrate their World Cup victory.
It's not a terribly surprising development, as Rapinoe kept a promise to ignore the national anthem amid the World Cup as an "f-you" to Trump. Later she declared, "I'm not going to the f***ing White House" after a reporter asked Rapinoe if she was excited about that prospect should the team take home the World Cup.
Rapinoe reiterated her position Monday to reporters, saying she believes "most the team, if not 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." She joked that Trump may have sent the invitation "by mail" and that it's taking a while to arrive.
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What has Trump said?
Trump on Sunday did tweet congratulations to the U.S. women's team on its World Cup victory:
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 (@Donald J. Trump) 1562526669.0
As to the issue of men and women World Cup soccer teams making the same money, Trump said he'd "like to see that, but you've also got to look at numbers ... you have to look at who's taking in what" and "see how they're performing," Fox News reported.
"I don't know what those numbers are," the president said, according to the network. "And, you have to see year-round how are they all drawing — what is the attendance for women's soccer outside of World Cup, but I would like to see it."