U.S. Olympic, Paralympic Teams to Visit White House in April

PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA – FEBRUARY 09: Team USA athletes are seen during the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium on February 9, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

Team USA will visit the White House next month.

Olympians and Paralympians who competed in Pyeongchang will make their trip on April 27, said Patrick Sandusky, the U.S. Olympic Committee’s chief external affairs officer.

It’s the first time President Donald Trump will host Team USA at the White House since taking office 14 months ago.

“We’ve had really good response rate to date in terms of RSVPs,” Sandusky said. “It’s certainly on par with past White House visits.”

Some U.S. Olympians have already said they would not attend. Before the Games, figure skater Adam Rippon, freeskier Gus Kenworthy and Alpine skier Lindsey Vonn said they would not.

Kenworthy and Rippon, the first two openly gay male athletes to represent the United States during the Winter Games, have criticized the administration and its policies.

In a CNN interview in December, Vonn said, “Well, I hope to represent the people of the United States, not the president. … I want to represent our country well. I don’t think that there are a lot of people currently in our government that do that.”

Vonn faced a barrage of criticism for her comments on social media.

“I may not be as vocal right now with my opinions, but that doesn’t mean they’ve won,” she said during the Games, where she won bronze in the downhill. “I haven’t changed my mind.”

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SOURCE: USA Today, Rachel Axon

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