Lindsey Vonn, Adam Rippon and Chloe Kim Skip Visit to Donald Trump's White House

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistApril 28, 2018

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24:  Olympian Adam Rippon attends the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City.  (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)
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American Olympians Lindsey Vonn, Adam Rippon and Chloe Kim were among those who skipped Team USA's trip to the White House to meet with President Donald Trump on Friday. 

Rippon, who is openly gay, explained why he opted not to attend with a message on Twitter: "Olympians from the 2018 Games have been invited to go to the White House today. I will not be going. I will not stand with people who discriminate against those that they perceive as different. In lieu of going to DC, I have donated to a few of my favorite causes."

Those causes were GLAAD, Planned Parenthood and the Red Cross. 

"If you want to join me and you're able to give a little, go for it!" Rippon added. "I think when we're able to help each other out and do what we can to lift each other up, that’s when we’re truly making America great."

Vonn, who won bronze in the downhill competition in Pyeongchang, South Korea, had previously said she didn't support Trump. 

"Well I hope to represent the people of the United States, not the president," she told CNN before heading to the Olympics. 

"I take the Olympics very seriously and what they mean and what they represent, what walking under our flag means in the opening ceremony. I want to represent our country well. I don't think that there are a lot of people currently in our government that do that."

Freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy, who is openly gay, added that he would not attend because of his feelings toward the current administration. 

"All US Olympians and Paralympians are invited to visit the White House and meet the President after the Games," he tweeted. "Today is this year's visit and USOC spokesperson says he's never seen so many athletes turn down their invites. The resistance is real."

Kenworthy previously told Time's Sean Gregory that he felt the Trump administration was setting America back. 

"I think we had been two steps forward with Obama," he said. "And it’s a step back with the Trump administration."

According to the Washington Post's Scott Allen, approximately 200 members of the U.S. Olympic Team were in attendance Friday. 


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