The Baylor women’s basketball team would welcome an invitation from President Donald Trump to visit the White House after winning the national championship Sunday.
Coach Kim Mulkey revealed at the WNBA draft Wednesday night that she would make the trip, if invited. There hasn’t been a women’s college basketball champion invited to the White House under Trump.
“I’ve been every time for every president,” she told the Associated Press . “It’s not a political issue for me. It’s an honor to go to the White House. I want everyone to say they went to the White House. Not many people can say that. I hope [the] Virginia men go and I can meet [coach] Tony Bennett.”
Mulkey has been to the White House twice before. She visited in 2005 when the Lady Bears defeated Michigan State and again in 2012 when Baylor topped Notre Dame. She indicated the visit wouldn’t be a political decision.
“We were honored when President Bush was in the office. We were honored when Barack Obama was in the office. We’d be honored if Donald Trump invited us. With politics aside, we should go to say we went to the White House.”
After the Lady Bears’ 82-81 victory over Notre Dame, Trump tweeted out his congratulations to Baylor.
He wrote: “Congratulations to the Baylor Lady Bears on their amazing win last night against Notre Dame to become the 2019 NCAA Women’s Basketball National Champions!”
Congratulations to the Baylor Lady Bears on their amazing win last night against Notre Dame to become the 2019 NCAA Women’s Basketball National Champions! https://t.co/cogqxFgnRn
White House visits for championship winning teams have been the subject of controversy ever since President Trump took office in 2017.
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Last year, Warriors star Stephen Curry publicly said he would turn down an offer to go to the White House after his team won the NBA Championship, leading Trump to withdraw his offer via Twitter.
And in January, the President came under fire after he catered fast food from McDonald’s for the Clemson Tigers football team.
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