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President Trump hosts Team USA at White House (video)

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President Donald Trump hosted members of the PyeongChang Olympic and Paralympic teams at the White House’s North Portico on Friday.

“You never, ever, quit,” Trump said as the athletes stood on either side of him. “Do we have any quitters here? Raise your hand, because I was going to say get the hell out.”

A full transcript is here.

Trump invited several athletes to the podium, including Red Gerard, Arielle Gold, Nick Goepper, John-Henry Krueger, the men’s curling team, Vincent Zhou, Amanda Kessel, Dan Cnossen, Andy Soule and Jen Lee.

“You’re very, very special people and you’re very, very special champions,” Trump said.

The regular Team USA post-Games White House visit happened one day after the Team USA Awards, which also took place in Washington, D.C.

The winners for best athletes of the Games included snowboarders, Nordic skiers and hockey players. A full list is here.

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U.S. Olympic, Paralympic teams to visit White House in April

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The U.S. Olympic team has been invited to the White House for a visit April 27, leaving the 244 members about four weeks to decide if they’ll attend.

Four members from the U.S. team — Gus Kenworthy, Adam Rippon, Nathan Chen and Lindsey Vonn — have said they would not go if invited.

Visits to the White House are a decades-old tradition, though there have been notable absences over the years regardless of who’s in office.

Kenworthy and Rippon are gay. Rippon has said he wouldn’t go because he doesn’t think “somebody like me would be welcome there.”

Vonn has said she would “absolutely not” accept an invitation and that she hoped to represent the “people of the United States, not the president” at the Olympics.

But USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky said so far RSVP numbers have been robust and in line with past visits.

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South Korean leader wants President Donald Trump at Olympics

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South Korea Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon said that he hopes that U.S. President Donald Trump will attend the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, according to Yonhap News Agency.

Lee asked U.S. Olympic Committee chairman Larry Probst to help bring Trump and First Lady Melania Trump to the Winter Games, to which Probst said he would try but could not make any promises, according to the report.

Trump attended the 1996 Olympics, ran a 2004 Olympic torch relay leg in New York City and met Olympians in 2012 at a Times Square event marking 100 days to the London Games.

One sitting U.S. president has attended an Olympics abroad — George W. Bush at the 2008 Beijing Games, according to The Associated Press.

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