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CNY native Erin Hamlin among Olympic athletes skipping White House visit

Donald Trump hosts Olympic athletes at White House Trump greets US Olympian, Paralympian athletes
Frederick Owens | 27 April, 2018, 23:06

While the 2018 Winter Olympic and Paralympic teams will be heading to the White House Friday morning, several athletes have already declined the invitation.

Will be updated.President Donald Trump is welcoming Team USA Olympic athletes to the White House. "I don't think that there are a lot of people now in our government that do that", she said.

Lindsey Vonn, Adam Rippon, and Gus Kenworthy are among those who will not attend.

Some athletes are not going because they refuse to support the president, while others have previous engagements. Rippon also told USA Today he has a "convenient out" because of an upcoming appearing on "Dancing with the Stars" and being one of the headliners on the "Stars on Ice" skating tour with a Friday night show in Pittsburgh.

"I hope to represent the people of the United States, not the president", Vonn said, "I want to represent our country well".

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They missed Trump seem to take some of the credit - again - for the turnout at the Olympics during his remarks. They joined the Protect Our Winters (POW) contingent to discuss climate change, an issue the Trump administration has chosen not to focus on, with Congress. "But all of a sudden, those crowds got very, very big, very powerful, and it became a very, very successful Olympics aside from everything else".

"All of you, winners", he said.

Quite a few high-profile athletes who represented the U.S.at the 2018 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games were conspicuously absent from the gathering, pointedly avoiding meeting a president with whom they disagree on plenty of issues. "We love you at the White House".

Freestyle skier Kenworthy, a vocal Trump critic, tweeted Thursday "the resistance is real" in reference to the White House no-shows.

"I was not going or planning on going (to the White House) anyway". "We're charged with this job of putting on our uniforms, representing Team USA, and when things are insane politically, we want to be that inspiration, that hope for the entire country".

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