Trump calls Paralympic Games 'tough to watch,' Twitter erupts in fury

Donald Trump hosts Olympic athletes at White House

Team USA capped off a week in Washington with a visit to the White House and had the opportunity to meet president Donald Trump, but the results of who attended were mixed.

Snowboarding gold medallist Red Gerard, figure skater Vincent Zhou and Amanda Kessel of the women's hockey team were among the athletes that Trump called out for their success at the Winter Olympics.

According to USA Today, a handful of the athletes, including Vonn, Rippon and Kenworthy have made it clear that they're sitting out the visit to protest the president's conduct.

"You performed and you made us very proud", Trump told members of the Olympic and Paralympic teams on the White House steps. "You're going to be winners in life". At the Pyeongchang Winter Games, Zhou may not have medaled, but he was remembered more for pulling off a first-ever maneuver at the Olympics than his sixth-place finish. Uhh, I don't remember, ' he's going like, 'I don't remember. He says, "I think you know why".

President Trump, who infamously mocked a disabled journalist on the campaign trail, said Friday he had a "tough" time watching American Paralympians compete in South Korea.

"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. Only it's not really a party without Adam Rippon, is it?

Surrounded by the athletes clad in white Team USA Olympic jackets (and her father in a black suit), Ivanka was the one who stood out.

Rippon had said months ago he didn't intend to visit Mr. Trump's White House.

"What happened with the Paralympics was so incredible and so inspiring to me", was his full quote.



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