Jun 13, 2018, 12:59 PM ET

With no White House invite from Trump, Democrats invite Golden State Warriors to Capitol

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President Donald Trump said that he doesn't plan on inviting the Golden State Warriors to the White House this year, but the NBA champs have received another high profile invitation to the nation's capital.

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Rep. Barbara Lee — who both represent California — invited the players and their families to the Capitol in a letter addressed to the team on Tuesday.

"[email protected] & @SteveKerr, you have once again dazzled America with outstanding performance on the court & inspired leadership off the court," Pelosi tweeted on Tuesday, along with a link to the letter. "@RepBarbaraLee & I would be delighted to welcome you to the Capitol!"

The invitation comes days after Trump told reporters ahead of the Golden State Warriors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers game on Friday that he does not plan on inviting either team to the White House if they win.

ABC News has reached out to the Warriors, who won this year's championship Friday, but a request for comment was not returned. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said on Friday that his reaction to Trump's decision was "one of sadness."

PHOTO: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors celebrates with the Larry OBrien Trophy after defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game Four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena, June 8, 2018, in Cleveland, Ohio.Gregory Shamus/Getty Images
Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors celebrates with the Larry O'Brien Trophy after defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game Four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena, June 8, 2018, in Cleveland, Ohio.

"I didn't invite them. No, I didn't invite Lebron James, and I didn't invite Steph Curry," Trump said after a reporter pointed out to the president that the star players, who have both been fiercely critical of Trump, said they wouldn't attend the visit.

"We're not going to invite either team, but we have other teams that are coming," adding that he does plan on inviting this year's NHL champs, The Washington Capitals. "If they want to be here — it's the greatest place on Earth — I'm here. If they don't want to be here, I don't want them."

For many sports champions in the U.S., an invite to the White House — a tradition that at least dates back to the 1960s — had often been an honor. However, sometimes players have elected not to join their teammates, often citing scheduling conflicts.

But in the age of Trump — who has feuded publicly with several high profile athletes and coaches, including Kerr — several players have cited their opposition to the president as their reason for skipping the visit.

Last year Trump rescinded his invitation to the Warriors, who were also the 2017 champs, following a Twitter feud with Curry, which also prompted a response from James.

PHOTO: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts against the Golden State Warriors during Game Four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 8, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio.Justin K. Aller/Getty Images
LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts against the Golden State Warriors during Game Four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 8, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Curry, who was outraged by Trump's comments that NFL owners should fire players who take a knee during the national anthem to protest racism at the time, told reporters that he won't be visiting the White House.

"Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team," Trump tweeted. Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!"

James, the star player for the Cavaliers, chimed in tweeting, "U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain't going! So therefore ain't no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!"

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  • Willie E. Drayton

    Racism aside, you cannot "un-invite" someone who has previously stated they will not be going. It's like deciding to move AFTER the eviction notice is posted and the locks are changed. However, if it makes the little orange one and his gullible cult members feel better to think that anyone's feelings are hurt by his "dis-invitation", let the babies have their bottles.

  • Bay Area Dude

    Yes, the Warriors did say they wouldn't want to go to the WH. But a grown-up, non-baby President wouldn't have "disinvited" them because he got his feelings hurt.

  • cipher

    There is a troll on ABC's pages calling himself "YourNightmare". I told him, "The only way you could be someone's nightmare would be if you were married to them." Some millennial intern at ABC put down his/her latte long enough to remove the comment. They'll probably remove this one as well.

    This entire country has become a "safe space" for cretins.

  • pete39

    And the leftist hate of America rolls on.

  • rkb555

    I hope they accept nancy's invite. Hopefully, they can enjoy, celebrate and have fun w/out the jerk being around.

  • Annie

    Why should they be invited anywhere? They’re not heroes. They play basketball, they don’t do anything important.

  • jake

    It's not an honor to be invited to a party when you know the host doesn't respect you as a person and is only going to use you as a photo-op to promote himself rather than to honor your accomplishments. I don't see how any sports team would accept an invitation from Trump to visit him at the White House.

    I wonder if he would invite them to spend a weekend with him sometime at his Mar-a-Lago resort? They could all go golfing together!

  • Samuel Ryan

    I'm sure this post will be removed but let's line the Golden State team up with the Capitals from the NHL and see if we can spot any differences. Hint: It isn't the height.

  • disqus_fn5s2QCDp8

    Donald Trump lives in a rental that is owned by the citizens of the United States. It is not a dump - I have been there and recommend that all you other landlords go too. The honor involved in going to our White House is that it reminds us that we have no royalty and no palace, that American citizens are the equal of princes and presidents, and that our status was created for us by generations of people who acted in direct response to the abuses that monarchy can bring.

    It's not Trump's personal property, and any American can go there. The White House was built for the people, not the people for the house, and it is not necessary to wait for an invitation or a personal connection.

  • RedSoxPatriotsCelticsBruinsFan

    other members of the team might have shown up, who cares if they all didnt show. Trumpy blew this one.

  • Bob M

    Typical response from an egocentric, which perfectly describes Mr. Chump.

  • Can't We All Just Get Along?

    this is turning out just the way it should.

    President Trump has impressed me once again!

  • Andrew

    I wonder what Tom Brady would have been called, if he had declined a visit to the White House when Obama was President?

  • 1984 is here

    More Hate news.... You guys are a disgrace to the purpose and role, for good, which freedom of press is suppose to provide.

  • Ancient Mariner

    If the spoiled little jerks want to turn down an invite from a President to the White House it's fitting. There are few chances like that in life and they will regret it. There's nothing like being thoughtless and on top of everything else it won't make one iota of difference in whatever they believe they re trying to prove. Way to go airheads.

  • Smarter Then You

    Now that's what leadership looks like. Well done, ladies.

  • Carp Bottomfeeder

    What would the team do DC? Would they look and gaze at the Whitehouse from afar and then later walk around DC? Some politicians have to act just like the prez, oppositional and defiant.

  • lastwordoftheday

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Rep. Barbara Lee — who both represent California — invited the players and their families to the Capitol in a letter addressed to the team on Tuesday.

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    That's funny.

    Like anyone cares.

  • arriba65

    Why will Trump invite NHL players but not NBA players? Skin color.

  • PJF

    Warriors can come visit me. I'll put up a hoops and we can shoot around.
    Congrats!

  • MauiOhana808

    Talk about a dynasty!!!!
    CONGRATS DUBS!!!!
    Aloha :^D