Following the US Women's World Cup triumph, President Donald Trump seemed to return to a promise he made last month to invite the squad to the White House, regardless of Sunday's outcome.
"We did not really think about that," Trump said after the Voice of America's 2-0 win over the Netherlands in the final. "We'll look at this."
In June, Mr. Trump had tweeted, "We have not invited Megan [Rapinoe] or the team yet, but I'm now inviting the TEAM to win or lose."  We will tell you what is true. You can form your own view.
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Commenting on this comment, Mr. Trump scourged Ms. Rapinoe, a USWNT co-captain, who was later named Most Valuable Player of the World Cup.  "I'm not going to the White House," Ms Rapinoe had said in viral comments.
The Presidents have a long tradition of inviting teams to the White House after winning the championship, but these events se were scrutinized during the Trump administration.
Many athletes said they would not leave while in office. Trump went so far as to oppose the NBA's Golden State Warriors and the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles, while teams like the New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox saw several players sit on the trip.
US coach Jill Ellis was asked if she would go to the White House after winning Sunday.
"I do not know," she said. "I was not invited, so I can not really say."
When Ms. Ellis said that an invitation was likely to be forthcoming, she said, "Well, I would not bet on that."
In the comments written in May and published last month, the contained the viral comment, Ms Rapinoe had doubted that the team would be invited.
"Megan should WIN first before she SPEAK! Finish the job!" Mr. Trump tweeted at the time. It seems that he again criticized Mrs Rapinoe's decision to silently protest during the national anthem, adding: "Megan should never disregard our country, the White House or our flag, especially since so much has been done for them and for the team."  On Twitter, USWNT player Ali Krieger shot at Trump and defended her team-mate.
"With respect to the president's tweet today, I know women who you can not control or annoy, but I stand by [Megan Rapinoe] & will also suspend this," she wrote. "I support neither this government nor its fight against LGBTQ + citizens, immigrants and our weakest."
In an interview with CNN, Ms. Krieger said she would "absolutely not" go to White House if the US women were invited.
"I refuse to respect a man who does not deserve respect," said Ms Krieger. "… I refuse to sit back and watch an offender, a tyrant talk to my girlfriend like that, I support her as a friend, and I wanted to make sure I said something that meant a lot to me and meant something important to me me. "
Ms. Rapinoe told reporters last week that she stands by her comments on visiting the White House. "Except for the Expletive," she added. "My mother will be very upset about that."
Ms. Rapinoe said she did not speak with all her teammates about a possible trip to the White House, but that she "would not suspect many, if any, of the other players." would be inclined to go.
About two hours after the World Cup victory on Sunday, Mr. Trump wrote his congratulations.
"Great and exciting game," he wrote. "America is proud of you all!"