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Baylor’s Mulkey would welcome White House visit

NCAA Women's Final Four - National Championship

TAMPA, FLORIDA - APRIL 07: Head coach Kim Mulkey of the Baylor Lady Bears reacts after Lauren Cox (not pictured) #15 is taken off in a wheelchair after sustaining a leg injury against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the third quarter in the championship game of the 2019 NCAA Women’s Final Four at Amalie Arena on April 07, 2019 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK -- Coach Kim Mulkey would welcome an invitation to the White House, if President Donald Trump were to offer it to Baylor.

The president tweeted out his congratulations to the Lady Bears on Monday after they beat Notre Dame in a thrilling championship game the night before.

“Congratulations to the Baylor Lady Bears on their amazing win last night against Notre Dame to become the 2019 NCAA Women’s Basketball National Champions!” Trump said.

Mulkey, who visited the White House in 2005 and 2012 when her Baylor team won the title those years, said a trip to the White House isn’t about politics.

“I’ve been every time for every president,” she told the AP at the WNBA draft Wednesday night. “It’s not a political issue for me. It’s an honor to go to the White House. I want everyone to say they went to the White House. Not many people can say that. I hope [the] Virginia men go and I can meet [coach] Tony Bennett.

“We were honored when President Bush was in the office. We were honored when Barack Obama was in the office. We’d be honored if Donald Trump invited us. With politics aside, we should go to say we went to the White House.”

Baylor would be the first women’s college basketball champion to visit the White House under Trump, if offered.