Offbeat No White House, Trump visit for Warriors, but Nancy Pelosi wants team to see U.S. Capitol

20:06  13 june  2018
20:06  13 june  2018 Source:   usatoday.com

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I'd be honored to welcome the team to the U . S . Capitol . #DubNation. — Nancy Pelosi (@ NancyPelosi ) June 13, 2017. But if the Warriors do want to make a larger statement, they could theoretically take Pelosi up on her offer and skip the White House visit .

— Nancy Pelosi (@ NancyPelosi ) June 13, 2017. Update: The Warriors have released statement denying that the team has made any decisions regarding the upcoming White House visit .

The Golden State Warriors will not be celebrating their recent NBA championship with a trip to the White House.

But Nancy Pelosi hopes the team will opt to visit the U.S. Capitol instead.

In a letter addressed to coach Steve Kerr on Tuesday, Pelosi, the House Minority Leader, and fellow California Representative Barbara Lee invited the Warriors to visit the Capitol building, according to a press release

"We would be delighted to welcome you publicly as a team or personally as families to the United States Capitol," Reps. Pelosi and Lee wrote in the letter. "Please consider this as a blanket invitation whenever your individual schedules allow."

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Days after President Donald Trump rescinded Golden State Warriors ' player Steph Curry' s invitation to visit the White House , Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) invited Curry and his team to visit the Capitol to celebrate their NBA Championship in Washington.

The @ Warriors ' leadership is inspiring. I'd be honored to welcome the team to the U . S . Capitol . — Nancy Pelosi (@ NancyPelosi ) June 13, 2017. And right on cue, Barack Obama's White House photographer/the smoothest, most resourceful troll Pete Souza shared a pic of a time a Warrior did

A Warriors spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment from USA TODAY Sports about the letter and whether the team has finalized any plans in lieu of a White House visit.

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President Donald Trump told reporters before the conclusion of the NBA Finals that neither the Warriors nor Cleveland Cavaliers would be invited to the White House this year after leaders from both teams said they would not be interested in attending. The Warriors proceeded to sweep the series to win their third title in four years.

This will be the second year in which the Warriors do not celebrate their championship with a White House visit, and the second year that they have instead received an invitation to visit the U.S. Capitol from Rep. Pelosi. Pelosi tweeted an invitation to the team last season; the Warriors instead performed community service and spent time with local kids during their trip to Washington.

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While the Warriors ' plans to visit the White House were prematurely reported, U . S . House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi invited the team to visit the Capitol via Twitter on Tuesday. "The @ Warriors ' leadership is inspiring.

Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), who represents the Bay Area district where the Warriors are based, had sent in June inviting the team to visit the U . S . Capitol to celebrate their NBA championship victory. — Nancy Pelosi (@ NancyPelosi ) September 27, 2017.

White House visits have long been a tradition for championship sports teams, but the practice has become less routine since Trump took office. The president has not welcomed an NBA champion to the White House and abruptly uninvited the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles from making their scheduled visit last week.

Contact Tom Schad at tschad@usatoday.com or on Twitter @Tom_Schad.

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