South Carolina Declines White House Invite As Trump Meets With NCAA Champions


South Carolina Declines White House Invite As Trump Meets With NCAA Champions

On Friday, President Trump met with 18 NCAA championship teams. This included groups like the Texas A&M women’s equestrian team, Ohio State men’s volleyball players, the University of Utah’s ski team, and the University of West Virginia’s co-ed rifle team.

Several photo ops were held at various locations around the White House and in the Rose Garden. According to Politico.com: Over the course of the day, the President struck a wrestling pose, asked one student how they felt about his choice for chairman of the Federal Reserve, and entered a room while remarking: “Second Amendment, right?”

There was one notable absence, however, after the South Carolina women’s basketball team publicly declined their invitation. Head coach Dawn Staley had previously told reporters that the team would attend if invited because “it’s what national champions do”. However, she later changed her tone, telling ESPN: “some things transpired over the last few months”.

The team direct political statement on the issue, saying, instead, that they were going to focus on practicing for the upcoming season.