The family of a black man who was fatally shot by a white police officer in South Bend, Indiana, said they delivered a petition on Tuesday to the city’s mayor, 2020 Democrat Pete Buttigieg, asking him to recommend that the officer’s pay be revoked.
Eric Logan, a 54-year-old father of seven, was leaning inside a vehicle when South Bend Sergeant Ryan O’Neill approached him and asked if the vehicle belonged to him, authorities said. The officer, a 19-year veteran of the South Bend Police Department, said Logan came toward him with a knife and refused to drop it before he fired shots.
“It’s unfair to the Logan family, it’s unfair to the taxpayers of South Bend, Indiana, and his friends as well that this officer is receiving his pay from taking a life from this community,” Vernado Malone, Logan’s friend and founder of Justice for South Bend, said during a press conference on Tuesday.
The shooting drew national attention to South Bend — home of the University of Notre Dame — last week when Buttigieg skipped a handful of scheduled campaign stops to meet with angry community members in his hometown. The police department suspended O’Neill with pay in the wake of the June 16 shooting, but Logan’s family said the mayor has the power to override that decision.
Logan’s family has also filed a lawsuit against the officer and the city, seeking undisclosed compensatory and punitive damages.
“We are asking the mayor and he has a duty to make a recommendation that Sergeant O’Neill be placed on leave, pending investigation, without pay,” Malone said. “The mayor has said he’s with the Logan family, and he wants change in this community. This here is the time, mayor.”
Buttigieg does not have the direct authority the power to unilaterally make such a decision, according to his office, but Malone said the family wants the mayor to at least make the recommendation on their behalf.
“This is the time, Mayor Pete, to step up and make your own demands and changes,” he said. “You don’t need a police board or anybody else. We are asking you, as our mayor, to obey this demand that we will be giving you today.”
A judge has appointed a special prosecutor to further investigate the deadly shooting to decide if criminal charges are warranted. The local Fraternal Order of Police claims Buttigieg is prejudging O’Neill for political gain and called for him to recuse himself from any decision making.
“Mayor Buttigieg has repeatedly shown that he’s more concerned about boosting his own presidential political campaign than ensuring a fair investigation about an incident where a veteran police officer was forced to defend himself when a dangerous felon attacked him with an eight-inch hunting knife,” Harvey Mills, president of the South Bend Fraternal Order of Police, said in a statement.
“If he wants to honor the oath he took, Mayor Buttigieg will recuse himself from this matter by taking no part in any decisions, conversations, or other aspects of it.”
A crowd-funding campaign, created by the organization, had raised nearly $80,000 as of Tuesday evening to support O’Neill’s legal defense.
Former Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden reported more than $15 million in income since leaving the White House in early 2017, newly released tax returns show.
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Tax returns, released by the Biden Campaign, show the Biden’s had an adjusted gross income of $4,580,437 in 2018, and $11,018,346 in 2017.
Since leaving office, the Biden’s have paid more than $5.27 million in federal taxes, which is roughly a third of their income.
According to the campaign, “the majority of the couple’s 2017 and 2018 income — specifically, $10,048,739 (in 2017) and $3,236,764 (in 2018)–is attributable to book payments for the writing of Promise Me, Dad and Where the Light Enters and to paid speaking engagements.”
Those speaking engagements carried large sums for the former vice president, ranging from $8,040 for a Miami book fair to $190,000 for a speech as a part of a visiting lecture series at Drew University in Madison, N.J., Biden’s financial disclosure report shows.
His wife also earned more than $700,000 for speaking engagements associated with her book from March 2018 through early May 2019, the disclosure says.
The former vice president also received more than $400,000 from VIP events associated with his book tour in 2017 and 2018, according to the disclosure.
“These amounts were paid to Vice President Biden and Dr. Biden through their respective S-Corporations, known as CelticCapri and Giacoppa. Both Vice President Biden and Dr. Biden employed staff and engaged contractors to support their respective work through their S-Corporations,” a campaign release said.
His financial disclosure form shows Biden also earned an additional $425,000 in ‘salary’ from CelticCapri between January 2018 and June 2019.
Biden also earned a total of $776,527 in salary as a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, according to the campaign’s release.
The income earned by the Bidens is a far cry from their income while in the White House and when he served in the Senate–where he served for several decades until becoming vice president in 2008.
Biden often touts his “Middle Class Joe” moniker and on the trail often says that he was the poorest man in Congress.
“I’m called middle-class Joe. It’s not meant as a compliment — it means I’m not sophisticated,” a line Biden often repeats on the campaign trail.
A central message of Biden’s campaign pitch is rebuilding the middle class–recalling his own middle class roots. It remains to be seen if Biden’s newly reported wealth will have an impact on his message with voters.
After leaving the White House, the Bidens upped their charitable giving. The couple gave only $5,889 in 2016. In 2017, their giving skyrocketed to more than $1 million. The pair gave to various charities and religious groups. That year, the largest contribution of $180,000 went to the United Jewish Federation of Chicago. The Bidens also donated $100,000 to their own non-profit The Joseph Biden Foundation.
In 2018, the couple gave $275,796 to various charities with the largest sums going the Delaware Center for Justice and the Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children ($100,000 and $50,000, respectively). They also donated $25,000 to Walking with the Wounded, a British charity associated with Prince Harry, which helps injured British veterans transition into civilian life.
Amazon workers in a suburban Minneapolis are planning to mark the company’s annual Prime Day shopping event — with a strike.
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On Prime Day, a two-day sales bonanza this year kicking off on July 15, workers at the Shakopee, Minnesota facility plan to protest the company’s policy of having temporary workers and productivity quotas — which they say are unfair to workers, according to Bloomberg, which first reported the strike plan on Monday.
“Amazon is going to be telling one story about itself, which is they can ship a Kindle to your house in one day, isn’t that wonderful,” William Stolz, an Amazon worker and strike organizer, told Bloomberg. “We want to take the opportunity to talk about what it takes to make that work happen and put pressure on Amazon to protect us and provide safe, reliable jobs.”
We proudly stand in solidarity with our FC coworkers who are striking on #PrimeDay because whether you work behind a computer in Seattle or in a warehouse in Minnesota, the only way we can create meaningful change is by standing together. https://t.co/DPw80rWbCJ
— Amazon Employees For Climate Justice (@AMZNforClimate) July 8, 2019
News of the planned protest drew swift support from other workers pushing for social and political change at the company.
“We proudly stand in solidarity with our FC coworkers who are striking on #PrimeDay because whether you work behind a computer in Seattle or in a warehouse in Minnesota, the only way we can create meaningful change is by standing together,” the Amazon Employees For Climate Justice account tweeted, referring to Amazon’s fulfillment centers by internal company shorthand.
The retail giant responded in a statement to ABC News by calling the allegations “baseless.”
“Amazon offers already what this outside organization is asking for,” a company spokesperson said in the statement. “We provide great employment opportunities with excellent pay -– ranging from $16.25 – $20.80 an hour, and comprehensive benefits including health care, up to 20 weeks parental leave, paid education, promotional opportunities, and more.”
“We encourage anyone to compare our pay, benefits, and workplace to other retailers and major employers in the Shakopee community and across the country -– and we invite anyone to see for themselves by taking a tour of the facility,” the statement said.
The Amazon spokesperson said 90% of Amazon workers at the Shakopee fulfillment center are full-time employees, adding that more than 100 temporary associates converted to full-time Amazon positions in the past year, including more than 30 offers in the past week.
The company spokesperson also said that production quotas have not changed since November 2018, and that the company does “support people who are not performing to the levels expected with dedicated coaching to help them improve.”
The strike plans follow similar recent protests at the Shakopee facility and other Minnesota Amazon facilities, led by African Muslim immigrants, who have protested productivity quotas during Ramadan.
“While Amazon may feel workers have the conditions they’re asking for, clearly the workers don’t think this,” Harley Shaiken, a labor expert at the University of California, Berkeley told ABC News. “The success of a previous walkout in Minnesota has clearly inspired some workers.”
A Washington man is being hailed a hero after saving his niece in a house fire on Thursday.
Derrick Byrd gave an exclusive interview to ABC News affiliate KOMO in the hospital following the rescue.
“I’d do it again, I really would. I don’t care,” Byrd said, lying in his hospital bed with gauze covering his face. “I’d run back in there and do it again even if I got burnt worse or died.”
After a fire broke out in Bryd’s Washington home, Byrd said he rushed to help his sister, Kayla, get all the children out of the second-floor window. He caught two of the three children that were trapped in the house.
But when his 8-year-old niece Mercedes was afraid to jump after her mother fell off of the roof, she fell back into the burning room.
Bryd said he could hear his young niece screaming his name and that’s when he jumped into action.
“I just ran up the stairs and pushed through the fire,” he said. “I could feel it burning me. I got her and took my shirt off and put it around her face so she wouldn’t breath in any smoke, and I just carried her out as fast as I could.”
The 20-year-old was airlifted to the hospital and suffered second and third degree burns to his arms, back, and face.
“Even though I got burnt, I really didn’t care,” he said. “I’d rather get burnt than her. She’s young. She’s still got a lot of stuff going for her. She’s a good kid.”
A New York-based federal grand jury is investigating whether Elliott Broidy, a wealthy Republican fundraiser and former co-chair of finance at the Republican National Committee, inappropriately used his role as vice-chairman of President Donald Trump‘s inaugural committee to benefit financially, two sources familiar with the probe confirmed to ABC News on Monday.
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The sources said investigators are examining whether Broidy solicited personal business from foreign donors to the inauguration. Federal prosecutors in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn sent a subpoena to the Trump inaugural committee earlier this year seeking documents related to communications with Broidy and several specific donors, according to the sources.
The subpoena, according to the sources, requested a list of all employees and others who worked on the inaugural committee. A source said on Monday that the inaugural committee has complied with the subpoena.
It was not immediately clear whether the Brooklyn-based federal grand jury is investigating other matters besides Broidy or the inaugural committee. Asked for comment on Monday, a spokesman for Broidy, Nathan Miller, said, “we will not comment on this kind of irresponsible speculation.”
The Associated Press first reported the grand jury probe and subpoena.
A longtime GOP fundraiser and businessman, Broidy has been embroiled in several legal disputes over the past decade.
In April 2018, Broidy resigned his position at the RNC after an alleged affair with a Playboy model became public. The Wall Street Journal reported at the time that Broidy had stopped making required payments on a $1.6 million non-disclosure agreement he reached with the model, Shera Bechard.
Broidy was represented in the deal by Michael Cohen, the longtime personal attorney for President Trump.
Cohen is now serving out a three-year term in federal prison after pleading guilty to charges of tax evasion related to his personal financial dealings. He was also charged and sentenced for one count of campaign finance violations related to payments he made on behalf of then businessman Trump just before the 2016 election.
Cohen was also charged with and pleaded guilty to lying to Congress for testimony he gave a closed door committee in connection with the committee’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Trump’s inaugural committee, which raised $107 million — the most in modern history — is also no stranger to legal scrutiny.
Prosecutors in New York’s Southern District, which includes Manhattan, subpoenaed documents from the inaugural committee earlier this year, too, sources with direct knowledge said. ABC News has also reported previously on the interest by federal investigators in the foreign guests at the inaugural event, and possible contributions by foreign nationals, which would be prohibited.
ABC News’ James Gordon Meek and Matthew Mosk contributed reporting.
Coco Gauff, the 15-year-old tennis player who burst onto the professional scene with a stunning victory over Venus Williams last week, is leaving Wimbledon with a loss in straight sets — and a host of new fans ready to motivate her for the next tournament.
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“Your journey is far from over, @CocoGauff,” tennis legend Billie Jean King tweeted. “Looking forward to watching your future successes on the court and off. #BigFan”
Gauff’s eye-catching debut at Wimbledon came to an end Monday in the fourth round with a loss to Romanian star Simona Halep, 27, who was seeded No. 7, 6-3, 6-3.
“I hope they learned about me that I’m a fighter,” Gauff said in a post-match press conference after her loss about her new fans. “I’ll never give up. I hope they learned from me that, I mean, anything is possible if you work hard, just continue to dream big.”
It’s likely Gauff’s Wimbledon success, which made her an overnight sensation, will outlive her loss. In the first round of ladies’ singles, Gauff beat her icon, Williams, 39, 6-4, 6-4. To get there in the first place, Gauff became the youngest player to ever qualify for Wimbledon.
She and her parents became visibly emotional after that match, and they quickly won over tennis fans everywhere. In an interview with “GMA,” Gauff’s parents credited Venus and her sister Serena Williams for paving the way.
“We hadn’t seen many African-American women in the sport, so when they started winning and having success and trailblazing, some of the challenges that they went through made it a lot easier to get into the sport and it allowed us to be a lot more confident about choosing [tennis],” Gauff’s father, Corey, said.
Gauff, who has been competing while taking school tests, has been humbled and excited by the attention she’s getting — including from Beyoncé’s mom, Tina Knowles, Jaden Smith and Michelle Obama.
“She’s one of my role models,” Gauff said of Obama’s tweet about her, according to People. “So it was just cool to see that she knows I exist.”
But above all, it’s Gauff’s athletic performance on those famed grass courts that has garnered attention for the young phenom.
After beating Williams, she beat Magdaléna Rybáriková to reach the third round, where she faced Polona Hercog of Slovenia.
That match on Friday cemented her place in history, as she fought back from two match points, including a second set tiebreak, to come out on top. In doing so, Gauff became the youngest player to make it to the second week of Wimbledon since 1991.
I knew how hard I worked and I knew what shots I could make and what was possible.
Gauff also caused some conversation with her entrance in the mixed doubles Wimbledon tournament, when Brit Jay Clarke left original partner Harriet Dart to instead play with Gauff at the last minute. They did, however, lose in the opening round.
“If somebody told me this maybe three weeks ago, I probably wouldn’t believe it,” Gauff said after her loss on Monday. “But I think just putting in the work definitely raised my confidence because I knew how hard I worked and I knew what shots I could make and what was possible.”
“I’m only 15,” she continued. “Like, I’ve not nearly gotten or developed my game. I started tennis at six. I’m so excited to see, if I continue to work hard, what other success I can do in the future.”
Three years to the day since a boozy encounter in a summer resort bar, a young man who has accused actor Kevin Spacey of felony sexual assault that night testified in a Nantucket courtroom for the first time on Monday, acknowledging that he did not report the alleged assault to police for 15 months, rather than the three months prosecutors have been contending since filing charges against the actor in January.
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The lead investigator in the case testified Monday under questioning from Spacey’s defense attorney that the one-year difference was the result of a “typo.”
A spokeswoman for the Cape and Islands District Attorney’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from ABC News on the investigator’s testimony.
After a series of significant blows to the prosecution’s case against Spacey during the daylong hearing, the presiding judge noted that it was unclear whether the case would “continue or collapse.”
The accuser — who is not being named because he said he was the victim of a sexual assault — arrived in the courtroom wearing khaki pants, a blue blazer and a pink shirt that matched his mother’s blouse, and sat in silence waiting for the Spacey case to be called, tapping his right foot and flanked on either side by his father and mother, Heather Unruh, a former New England television anchor at ABC affiliate WCVB in Boston.
The lead investigator in the case also acknowledged for the first time Monday that he did not advise the accuser or his mother to preserve the contents of the phone for evidence, and that he took Unruh at her word when she said some “frat boy activities” she deleted from her son’s phone before turning it over to police were not relevant to the criminal case against Spacey.
“If she had said I deleted things related to this investigation, that would have been different story,” Massachusetts State Police trooper Gerald Donovan testified under questioning from Spacey defense attorney Alan Jackson. “I didn’t think that Heather Unruh would be lying to me, so yes, I did take her at her word.”
Donovan also testified that he did not make a record of the fact that Unruh had told him when she turned over the phone to him that she had deleted material from it until just last month — nearly three years after the alleged incident.
Meanwhile, a civil attorney for the accuser told Judge Thomas Barrett that the phone authorities apparently returned to the alleged victim’s family has been irretrievably lost.
“We could not locate the phone,” attorney Mitchell Garabedian told the judge, before going on to say that the accuser and his parents do not recall ever receiving the phone back from police.
No receipt was issued, Donovan testified.
“Unfortunately I was remiss and I didn’t have them sign for a receipt,” he said from the witness stand.
Jackson contended that text messages and other data exculpatory to his client were deleted from the phone, and without the actual device, he could not complete a forensic examination of the device to recover material deleted from the phone.
“The government can’t point to any documentation that follows or tracks that phone and now that it’s missing it’s on them,” he told Barrett.
“They’re pointing fingers at each other, there’s no receipt or documentation and guess who loses? Us,” Jackson said, referring to his client and defense team. “Where is the actual phone? That’s what we want that’s what we’re entitled to and we still don’t have it.”
Garabedian also told Barrett that a civil lawsuit against Spacey over the incident was filed last month and dropped last week because the accuser is emotionally overwhelmed.
“There was a civil suit filed, but because of the emotional rollercoaster my client is on, the civil suit is dismissed,” he said. “He only wanted one roller coaster ride at a time.”
Yet the civil lawsuit was dismissed “with prejudice,” meaning it can’t be refiled. Garabedian declined during a break in the hearing to explain his comments in court.
Authorities launched an investigation into the former “House of Cards” actor after the young man contacted them by phone in October 2017 and alleged that Spacey plied him with beer and whiskey in July 2016 after meeting him at the Club Car bar and restaurant in Nantucket, where he had worked that summer as a busboy, and sexually assaulted him.
In a subsequent face-to-face interview with detectives, police say the young man told them he hung around the bar after he finished work on July 7, 2016, talked to Spacey and got an autograph from the actor for himself and his girlfriend.
In the fall of 2017, a week after her son first reported the alleged incident to police, Unruh held a press conference to allege that Spacey had forcibly stuck his hand down her then-18-year-old son’s pants and groped his genitals, tearfully calling the actor a “sexual predator.”
The alleged victim, who told police he lied to Spacey about his age, saying he was a 23-year-old college student at Wake Forest University, also told investigators he “had at least four or five beers before Spacey allegedly suggested that they should switch to whiskey,” according to court records.
Spacey, according to the complaint, allegedly told the busboy, “Let’s get drunk.”
The alleged victim told investigators “things started to get a little fuzzy when he and Spacey went over to the piano” at the Club Car, according to the criminal complaint in the case. At one point during the night, he and Spacey were near the bar’s piano when he alleges that Spacey started rubbing his thigh and then unzipped the victim’s pants and began groping his genitals.
The busboy told detectives that “he wasn’t sure if Spacey went into his pants through the open zipper” or if the actor groped his genitals over his pants and boxer shorts.
The alleged victim said while Spacey was touching him, he was texting and communicating with his girlfriend on Snapchat and sent her Snapchat video of Spacey groping him, according to the complaint. He alleged the inappropriate touching occurred for about three minutes, the complaint reads. Those texts and videos have been a key focus of previous hearings in the case.
After being questioned by Jackson on the witness stand about whether he was aware that it is against the law to delete potentially exculpatory data from the phone, the case took a recess and the accuser informed the judge he was going to exercise his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination by declining further testimony.
Barrett noted that his testimony would be stricken from the record as a result. Jackson sought an immediate dismissal of the charge against Spacey.
“This entire case is completely compromised” by the accuser’s decision to take the Fifth, he said. “He’s the sole witness than can establish the circumstances of his allegations.”
Barrett declined to immediately dismiss the charge after an assistant district attorney asked for a week to confer with his office, but acknowledged that “without him, the Commonwealth will have a tough road to hoe.”
He said it remained unclear whether the case would “continue or collapse” without the testimony of the accuser himself.
The accuser’s mother is currently testifying about what she deleted from his phone before turning it over to police.
This is a developing story. Please check back with ABCNews.com for updates.
Jeffrey Epstein, a wealthy financier and registered sex offender with a circle of rich and powerful friends, has been charged with sex trafficking and conspiracy, according to a federal indictment unsealed on Monday following his sudden arrest over the weekend.
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Prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York allege that from about 2002 to 2005, Epstein, now 66, “sexually exploited and abused dozens of minor girls at his homes in Manhattan, New York, and Palm Beach, Florida, among other locations,” using cash payments to recruit a “vast network of underage victims,” some of whom were as young as 14 years old.
Epstein appeared in court on Monday afternoon, wearing navy blue prison garb, and pleaded not guilty while several of his alleged victims seated in the courtroom watched the proceedings. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex Rossmiller characterized the government’s evidence as “strong,” adding that several additional alleged victims have come forward since Epstein’s arrest at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey on Saturday evening.
If convicted, he could face up to 45 years imprisonment, which prosecutors say would likely amount to a life sentence.
Monday’s indictment highlights alleged incidents involving three minor girls — identified only as Minor Victim-1, Minor Victim-2 and Minor Victim-3 — in which Epstein paid them hundreds of dollars to provide “massages” that ultimately escalated into sexual encounters, and then later “encouraged or enticed” them to recruit other girls to do the same, thus maintaining “a steady supply of new victims.”
Epstein also “worked and conspired with others, including employees and associates who facilitated his conduct by, among other things, contacting victims and scheduling their sexual encounters with Epstein,” the indictment said.
At a press conference Monday morning, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman said that authorities seized “nude photographs of what appear to be underage girls” while executing a search warrant at Epstein’s New York residence.
A 2008 plea deal
Epstein is a former Wall Street insider turned private wealth manager who rose to prominence in the early 2000s as a result of his high-profile socializing with various rich and famous people, including former President Bill Clinton and then-real estate mogul Donald Trump. He has since amassed a fortune of unknown size and origin, seemingly affording him a lavish lifestyle with few equals even among his powerful peers.
More than a decade ago, Epstein agreed to serve just 18 months in jail after reaching a much-criticized plea deal with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Miami — then led by Alexander Acosta, who is now President Donald Trump’s labor secretary. The deal not only allowed Epstein to plead guilty to two state charges and avoid federal charges for an allegedly broad pattern of similar conduct, but also provided him and any alleged co-conspirators with immunity from further federal prosecution in the Southern District of Florida.
In Monday’s indictment, however, prosecutors argued that the alleged trafficking of minor girls occurred outside that jurisdiction, with Epstein allegedly abusing “numerous minor victims” at his Manhattan mansion and Epstein’s associates placing calls from New York to Florida to set up appointments for Epstein at his Palm Beach mansion.
Epstein’s defense attorney Reid Weingarten seemed to suggest that this new indictment violated the spirit of Epstein’s previous agreement with the government.
“This indictment is essentially a do-over,” Weingarten said. “That should chill the blood of every defense attorney who has negotiated with the federal government.”
At Monday’s hearing, prosecutors argued that Epstein should be detained pending trial, and the judge set a detention hearing for July 15.
An “extreme” flight risk
In a bail memorandum submitted to the court ahead of the hearing, prosecutors argued that Epstein not only poses an “extreme” flight risk — especially since he owns two private jets and a private island — but that he also represents a danger to both the case and the community.
“The defendant is extraordinarily wealthy and has access to vast financial resources to fund any attempt to flee,” the memo states. “Indeed, his potential avenues of flight from justice are practically limitless.”
Prosecutors also cited “credible allegations that the defendant engaged in witness tampering, harassment or other obstructive behaviors” in connection with the previous federal investigation of his alleged conduct in Florida, and noted the discovery of “a vast trove of lewd photographs of young-looking women or girls” in the search of his Manhattan mansion. Prosecutors said some of that material was discovered in a locked safe, on compact discs with handwritten labels such as “Misc nudes 1” and “Girl pics nude.”
“The defendant, a registered sex offender, is not reformed, he is not chastened, he is not repentant,” the memo states. “Rather, he is a continuing danger to the community and an individual who faces devastating evidence supporting deeply serious charges.”
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But amid a public feud with the team’s co-captain and top scorer, Megan Rapinoe, Trump appeared less certain about the invitation when talking to reporters on Sunday.
“We haven’t really thought about it,” he said. “We’ll look at that.”
The Trump administration has so far hosted only one women’s sports team at the White House — the Baylor University Lady Bears — and has not invited any of the WNBA champions since Trump took office. ABC News has reached out to the White House, but a request for comment was not returned.
But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi did not hesitate and tweeted an invitation to the players to visit the U.S. Capitol, tweeting, “I’m pleased to invite the players to the US Capitol as a team or individually to celebrate your inspiring victory.”
Congrats to @uswnt for winning w/ strength, unity & patriotism. By popular, bipartisan demand & with @USRepKCastor & @RepLaHood, co-chairs of Soccer Caucus, I’m pleased to invite the players to the US Capitol as a team or individually to celebrate your inspiring victory. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Pelosi’s invitation comes after Rapinoe, who drew Trump’s ire after previous comments she made surfaced last month that she’s “not going to the f—— White House” if her team wins, accepted Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s offer to visit the Capitol instead.
This is not the first time that Pelosi and Democrats have gotten in the middle of one of Trump’s feuds with sports teams and athletes.
Last year, Pelosi and Democratic Rep. Barbara Lee — who both represent California — invited the the Golden State Warriors and their families to the Capitol amid news that Trump, who withdrew his invitation to the NBA champs in 2017, had decided not to invite them at all after their 2018 win.
“I stand by the comments that I made about not wanting to go to the White House, with the exception of the expletive,” Rapinoe said amid some backlash following her initial comments and criticism from Trump. “My mom would be very upset about that.”
Women’s soccer player, @mPinoe, just stated that she is “not going to the F…ing White House if we win.” Other than the NBA, which now refuses to call owners, owners (please explain that I just got Criminal Justice Reform passed, Black unemployment is at the lowest level…
….invited Megan or the team, but I am now inviting the TEAM, win or lose. Megan should never disrespect our Country, the White House, or our Flag, especially since so much has been done for her & the team. Be proud of the Flag that you wear. The USA is doing GREAT!
“I am a big fan of the American Team, and Women’s Soccer, but Megan should WIN first before she TALKS! Finish the job! We haven’t yet … invited Megan or the team, but I am now inviting the TEAM, win or lose. Megan should never disrespect our Country, the White House, or our Flag, especially since so much has been done for her & the team. Be proud of the Flag that you wear. The USA is doing GREAT!” Trump wrote in a series of tweets.
Teammate Ali Krieger, who defended Rapinoe following Trump’s criticism, tweeted that she “will sit this one out as well,” and cited her opposition to the Trump administration’s actions regarding “LGBTQ+ citizens, immigrants & our most vulnerable.”
In regards to the “President’s” tweet today, I know women who you cannot control or grope anger you, but I stand by @mPinoe & will sit this one out as well. I don’t support this administration nor their fight against LGBTQ+ citizens, immigrants & our most vulnerable.