Trump applauds Bay Area figure skater, other Olympians at White House

  • Trump applauds Bay Area figure skater, other Olympians at White House

Trump applauds Bay Area figure skater, other Olympians at White House

Members of the U.S. Winter Olympic team will visit the White House on Friday, but numerous most recognizable faces will be absent due to their political opposition to President Donald Trump.

Among those missing: Lindsey Vonn, Gus Kenworthy and Adam Rippon, three athletes who have previously made their political differences with Trump known.

Rippon's decision to skip the White House event comes as the Trump administration has made a number of moves to anger the LGBT community over the past year.

While many members of the USA team chose not to visit Trump for personal reasons, including Lindsey Vonn, Adam Rippon, Gus Kenworthy and Nathan Chen, the president focused on keeping his message a positive one.

"He was more nervous here than he was when he was doing the flips", Trump said.

Later in his remarks, Trump congratulated various athletes by name, including those on the Olympic and Paralympic teams.

"I was not going or planning on going (to the White House) anyway".

"All US Olympians and Paralympians are invited to visit the White House and meet with the President after the Games", Kenworthy said in a tweet.

"It's important for me to align myself with those people who have the same ideals that I have", he concluded.

The US Olympic Committee has yet to respond to CNN's request for a comment, but on its official website it said more than 200 athletes attended the celebration. Figure skater Mirai Nagasu was one of four Olympians busy taping "Dancing with the Stars", which will debut Monday, while several other American figure skaters are in the middle of a "Stars on Ice" tour. "You're going to be winners in life".

Ivanka Trump looked more than ready for summer as she stepped out of her Washington D.C. home for a date night, but had to borrow her husband's jacket as the weather cooled.

"You overcame setbacks, you powered through obstacles, and I will tell you this-because of your hard work and your sacrifice, you were given the greatest honor in sports: to represent the United States as an Olympic athlete", Trump added. "This is. I don't remember any time when I was with the USOC that an athlete spoke out about not wanting to go to the White House". He said, "I think you know why".