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Cheers, cake and a fist-bump from GOP as Trump returns to Capitol Hill in a first since Jan. 6 riot

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Cheers, cake and a fist-bump from GOP as Trump returns to Capitol Hill in a first since Jan. 6 riot
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Cheers, cake and a fist-bump from GOP as Trump returns to Capitol Hill in a first since Jan. 6 riot

2024-06-14 06:55 Last Updated At:07:00

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump made a triumphant return to Capitol Hill on Thursday, his first with lawmakers since the Jan.6, 2021 attacks, embraced by energized House and Senate Republicans who find themselves reinvigorated by his bid to retake the White House.

Despite pending federal charges against Trump for conspiring to overturn the 2020 election, and his recent guilty verdict in an unrelated hush money trial, the Republican former president arrived emboldened as the party's presumptive nominee. He has successfully purged the GOP of critics, silenced most skeptics and enticed once-critical lawmakers aboard his MAGA-fueled campaign.

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Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump gestures to supporters as he arrives for a visit to the offices of Safari Club International after meeting with Republican senators at the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump made a triumphant return to Capitol Hill on Thursday, his first with lawmakers since the Jan.6, 2021 attacks, embraced by energized House and Senate Republicans who find themselves reinvigorated by his bid to retake the White House.

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump speaks with reporters at the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump speaks with reporters at the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump speaks with reporters at the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump speaks with reporters at the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump gestures before he speaks at the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump gestures before he speaks at the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump arrives to speak with reporters at the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Washington. At left is Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump arrives to speak with reporters at the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Washington. At left is Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., joined at left by Rep. Tim Burchett, R-Tenn., arrives as former President Donald Trump returns to Washington for meetings with Republican lawmakers to unite on his political agenda, just a few steps off the Capitol campus, Thursday, June 13, 2025 in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., joined at left by Rep. Tim Burchett, R-Tenn., arrives as former President Donald Trump returns to Washington for meetings with Republican lawmakers to unite on his political agenda, just a few steps off the Capitol campus, Thursday, June 13, 2025 in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Former President Donald Trump arrives to the Capitol Hill Club, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Former President Donald Trump arrives to the Capitol Hill Club, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

FILE - Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally June 9, 2024, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

FILE - Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally June 9, 2024, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

A packed room of House Republicans sang “Happy Birthday” to Trump in a private breakfast meeting at GOP campaign headquarters across the street from the Capitol. The lawmakers gave him a baseball and bat from the annual congressional game, and senators later presented an American flag cake with “45” candles — and then “47" — referring to the next presidency. Trump bragged that even his telephone rallies for lawmakers could draw bigger crowds than mega-popstar Taylor Swift, who has yet to make any endorsement.

In one remarkable moment, Trump and his most prominent Republican critic, Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell, shook hands, and fist-bumped.

“There's tremendous unity in the Republican Party," Trump said in brief remarks at Senate GOP headquarters.

Trump spent about an hour each with House and Senate Republicans delivering free-wheeling remarks, fielding questions and discussing issues — including Russia and immigration, tax cuts and other priorities for a potential second term.

During the morning session, Trump said House Speaker Mike Johnson is doing a “terrific job,” according to a Republican in the private meeting and granted anonymity to discuss it. Trump asked Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, the speaker’s chief Republican critic, if she was being “nice” to Johnson, another Republican said.

“President Trump brought an extraordinary amount of energy, excitement and enthusiasm this morning,” Johnson said afterward, noting high fund-raising tallies since the guilty verdict. “We’re feeling good.”

The Republican speaker had demurred earlier over whether he’s asked Trump to respect the peaceful transfer of presidential power and commit to not doing another Jan. 6. “Of course he respects that, we all do, and we’ve all talked about it, ad nauseum.”

Many potential priorities for a new White House administration are being formulated by a constellation of outside groups, including Project 2025, laying the groundwork for executive and legislative actions, though Trump has made clear he has his own agenda.

“Anybody who thought that this president was going to be down after the sham trial ... . It’s only giving him even more energy,” said Rep. Tom Emmer, the GOP whip. “Donald Trump is crushing this election.”

But Trump's private meetings with House and Senate Republicans so close to the Capitol were infused with the symbolism of his return as the U.S. president who threatened the American tradition of the peaceful transfer of power.

“It’s frustrating,” said former U.S. Capitol Police officer Harry Dunn, who made his own unsuccessful run for Congress as a Maryland Democrat in the aftermath of Jan. 6, the day when police engaged in hand-to-hand fighting to stop Trump supporters who stormed the building in an effort to overturn President Joe Biden's election.

Dunn spoke of the “irony” of Trump returning to the area and lawmakers now embracing him. “It just shows the lack of backbone they have when they’re truly putting party and person over country," he said. "And it’s sad.”

Biden was overseas Thursday attending a summit of the Group of Seven leading industrialized nations, but the president’s campaign unveiled a new ad blaming Trump for lighting the “fire” of Jan. 6 and threatening democracy.

Many of those who once stood up to Trump are long gone from office and the Republicans who remain seem increasingly enthusiastic about the possibility of him retaking the White House, and the down-ballot windfall that could mean for their own GOP majorities in Congress.

Thursday afternoon offered the first encounter in years between Trump and McConnell, who once blamed Trump for the “disgraceful” attack that he called an “insurrection” but now endorses the party’s presumptive nominee.

Trump addressed the situation directly, saying he intends to work with everyone and that McConnell had “done his best” as leader, said Sen. Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla., an ally of the former president.

According to Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., who organized the conference meeting, after Trump addressed the group McConnell gave a thumbs up and the two approached each other and exchanged the fist-bump.

“We had a really positive meeting,” McConnell said. “He and I got a chance to talk a little bit, shook hands a few times.”

As democracies around the world come under threat from a far-rightward shift, some analysts warn that the U.S. system, once seemingly immune from authoritarian impulses, is at risk of populist and extremist forces like those that Trump inspired to sack the Capitol.

“This is just another example of House Republicans bending the knee to Donald Trump,” said Rep. Pete Aguilar of California, the chairman of the House Democratic caucus.

Making Jan. 6 a cornerstone of his reelection campaign, Trump celebrates those who stormed the Capitol as “warriors” and “patriots,” and he has vowed to pardon any number of the more than 1,200 people charged with crimes for the assault on the seat of U.S. democracy.

Moreover, Trump has vowed to seek retribution by ousting officials at the U.S. Justice Department, which is prosecuting him in a four-count indictment to overturn the election ahead of the Jan. 6 attack and another case over storing classified documents at his Mar-A-Largo home.

Republicans, particularly in the House but increasingly in the Senate, are vigorously following his lead, complaining of an unfair justice system. It's having noticeable results: the House and Senate GOP campaign arms scored some of their highest fundraising periods yet after a jury found him guilty in the New York hush money case.

When former GOP Speaker Paul Ryan on Fox News reiterated this week that he wouldn’t be voting for Trump and wished Republicans had another choice for president, he was immediately ostracized by Trump allies.

“Paul Ryan, you’re a piece of garbage," said Rep. Troy Nehls, R-Texas. "We should kick you out of the party.”

Of the Republicans who voted to impeach Trump over Jan. 6 and convict him on the charge of inciting the insurrection, only a few remain in office.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, had not been expected to attend Thursday's closed-door session with Trump. But Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, joined as did Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La.

Cassidy said he's attending the Trump meeting expecting "he’s going to be the next president, so you have to work” together.

Asked if he was concerned about the direction of the Trump Republican Party, Cassidy said: “Let the day’s own troubles be sufficient for the day. You can fill yourself up with anxiety about tomorrow, but will it change a thing? No.”

Associated Press writers Jill Colvin, Farnoush Amiri, Kevin Freking, Mary Clare Jalonick and Stephen Groves contributed to this report.

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump gestures to supporters as he arrives for a visit to the offices of Safari Club International after meeting with Republican senators at the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump gestures to supporters as he arrives for a visit to the offices of Safari Club International after meeting with Republican senators at the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump speaks with reporters at the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump speaks with reporters at the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump speaks with reporters at the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump speaks with reporters at the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump gestures before he speaks at the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump gestures before he speaks at the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump arrives to speak with reporters at the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Washington. At left is Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump arrives to speak with reporters at the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Washington. At left is Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., joined at left by Rep. Tim Burchett, R-Tenn., arrives as former President Donald Trump returns to Washington for meetings with Republican lawmakers to unite on his political agenda, just a few steps off the Capitol campus, Thursday, June 13, 2025 in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., joined at left by Rep. Tim Burchett, R-Tenn., arrives as former President Donald Trump returns to Washington for meetings with Republican lawmakers to unite on his political agenda, just a few steps off the Capitol campus, Thursday, June 13, 2025 in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Former President Donald Trump arrives to the Capitol Hill Club, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Former President Donald Trump arrives to the Capitol Hill Club, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

FILE - Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally June 9, 2024, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

FILE - Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally June 9, 2024, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Lionel Messi pumped his arms. The trophy bounced up and down in his grasp. Tears of frustration from an hour or so earlier had turned to laughs and hugs for the two-time Copa America champion and World Cup winner.

Messi was forced to watch much of the second half and extra time because of a leg injury. Still, Argentina won its second straight Copa America championship, beating Colombia 1-0 Sunday night on Lautaro Martínez’s 112th-minute goal.

“Leo is the greatest player in history,” Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni said through an interpreter. “He never wants to leave the pitch. He has a swollen ankle and wants to keep playing. I prefer those players. He wants to play not because he is egotistical or selfish. He wants to keep playing because he doesn’t want to leave his teammates. ... He was born to be on the pitch.”

Messi appeared to sustain a non-contact injury while running and falling in the 64th minute. The eight-time Ballon d’Or winner covered his face with his hands as he sat on the bench and sobbed.

Martínez later ran to that bench to hug his 37-year-old captain after the goal that propelled Argentina to its record 16th Copa title.

Appearing to be limping after the final whistle sounded well past midnight, Messi beckoned for his senior teammates to lift the trophy with him: 36-year-old Nicolás Ottamendi and Ángel Di María, who is retiring from the national team. As white confetti cascaded, the trio hugged.

“The truth is, it’s hard to describe,” Di Maria said. “It was written like that. I told the guys last night at dinner that I dreamt it. That’s why I said it was my last Copa America. I dreamt we made it to the final and we won it so I could go out this way.

“I’ll be always grateful to this generation who gave me everything, helped me win what I always wanted and today, I am leaving like this,” Di Maria said. “It could not be better.”

In a match that started 1 hour, 22 minutes late because of crowd trouble at Hard Rock Stadium, Argentina won its third straight major title following the 2021 Copa America and 2022 World Cup and matched Spain, which won the 2008 and 2012 European Championships around the 2010 World Cup.

Argentina also stopped Colombia’s 28-game unbeaten streak dating to a 1-0 loss to Albiceleste in a February 2022 World Cup qualifier, also on a Martínez goal.

Martínez entered in the 97th minute Sunday and scored from Giovani Lo Celso’s perfect pass after Leandro Paredes stripped the ball from a Colombian with a sliding tackle near the center stripe. Paredes exchanged passes with Martínez, then threaded the ball to Lo Celso, who one-timed a through ball as Martínez sprinted past defender Carlos Cuesta.

Martínez ran onto the ball, took a touch that sent him into the penalty area and struck a right-foot shot through the upraised arms of sliding goalkeeper Camilo Vargas for his 29th international goal, his tournament-high fifth.

Colombia coach Néstor Lorenzo said many Colombia players finished with severe cramping. Temperatures were in the upper 80s with humidity around 73%.

“It is not easy to play a final. It’s not easy for anyone,” Lorenzo said through an interpreter. “They played six matches in 21 days and started feeling the results. They all left feeling cramps, some of them in both legs. They all left the pitch feeling the wear down and the tiredness.”

Making his 39th and possibly last Copa America appearance, Messi had one goal in the tournament. He went down in the 36th minute after his left ankle was caught by Santiago Arias but walked back onto the field three minutes later.

Messi looked to the bench as soon as he fell to the field in the second half, appearing to know his tournament was over. He took off his right boot as he walked off and slammed it in frustration, and his ankle appeared to swell. With his right foot bare, he stood by the bench and raised his arms while teammates ran onto the field when Martínez scored.

The start was delayed from 8 p.m. EDT to 9:22 p.m. because of crowd control issues outside the stadium, including troves of fans breaching security gates at a venue to be used for the 2026 World Cup.

Days after Uruguay players were involved in a brawl with Colombia fans following their semifinal match in Charlotte, North Carolina, video showed fans climbing fences and railings to get inside the championship match, with officials unable to keep track of who had purchased tickets and who didn’t.

Hard Rock Stadium released a statement after the game, saying the venue “takes pride in hosting world-class events year-round in a safe and successful manner.”

“We understand there are disappointed ticket holders who were not able to enter the stadium after the perimeter was closed," the statement said, "and we will work in partnership with CONMEBOL to address those individual concerns. Ultimately, there is nothing more important than the health and safety of all guests and staff, and that will always remain our priority.”

Colombia was more aggressive and forced goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez to make four saves in the first half, but Argentina began to threaten more in the second.

Nicolás Tagliafico thought he scored in the 75th minute but was ruled offside. Nicolás González, who replaced Messi. was stopped by Vargas in the 95th minute.

Numerous players lost their footing during the second half of Sunday’s match. The grass was heavily watered with sprinklers following the halftime performance by Colombian pop star Shakira, which caused an extended halftime break.

Halftime was increased from the normal 15 minutes to around 25 minutes because of the performance.

Lorenzo was critical of the extra time before the final match, noting sanctions given to coaches for late second-half returns to the pitch earlier in the tournament. Sunday, he said continuity in halftime rules would be best to “safeguard the fitness and physical aptitude of the players.”

Colombia's James Rodríguez was selected best player of the tournament, with six assists.

AP Copa America coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/copa-america

Argentina's Angel Di Maria lifts the trophy after beating Colombia in the Copa America final soccer match in Miami Gardens, Fla., Monday, July 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Argentina's Angel Di Maria lifts the trophy after beating Colombia in the Copa America final soccer match in Miami Gardens, Fla., Monday, July 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Argentina's Lautaro Martínez, left, Angel Di Maria, center, and Leandro Paredes celebrate after beating Colombia in the Copa America final soccer match in Miami Gardens, Fla., Monday, July 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Argentina's Lautaro Martínez, left, Angel Di Maria, center, and Leandro Paredes celebrate after beating Colombia in the Copa America final soccer match in Miami Gardens, Fla., Monday, July 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Argentina's Lautaro Martínez holds the top goal scorer trophy after defeating Colombia in the Copa America final soccer match in Miami Gardens, Fla., Monday, July 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Argentina's Lautaro Martínez holds the top goal scorer trophy after defeating Colombia in the Copa America final soccer match in Miami Gardens, Fla., Monday, July 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Argentina's Lautaro Martínez celebrates with the Golden Boot trophy after defeating Colombia in the Copa America final soccer match in Miami Gardens, Fla., Monday, July 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Argentina's Lautaro Martínez celebrates with the Golden Boot trophy after defeating Colombia in the Copa America final soccer match in Miami Gardens, Fla., Monday, July 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Argentina's goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez raises the trophy for the best goalkeeper after the Copa America final soccer match in Miami Gardens, Fla., Monday, July 15, 2024. Argentina defeated Colombia 1-0. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Argentina's goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez raises the trophy for the best goalkeeper after the Copa America final soccer match in Miami Gardens, Fla., Monday, July 15, 2024. Argentina defeated Colombia 1-0. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Argentina's Angel Di Maria walks with his champion medal after beating Colombia in the Copa America final soccer match in Miami Gardens, Fla., Monday, July 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Argentina's Angel Di Maria walks with his champion medal after beating Colombia in the Copa America final soccer match in Miami Gardens, Fla., Monday, July 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Colombia's James Rodriguez holds the player of the tournament trophy after the Copa America final soccer match in Miami Gardens, Fla., Monday, July 15, 2024. Argentina defeated Colombia 1-0. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Colombia's James Rodriguez holds the player of the tournament trophy after the Copa America final soccer match in Miami Gardens, Fla., Monday, July 15, 2024. Argentina defeated Colombia 1-0. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Argentina's Lionel Messi holds his medal after his team defeated Colombia in the Copa America final soccer match in Miami Gardens, Fla., Monday, July 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Argentina's Lionel Messi holds his medal after his team defeated Colombia in the Copa America final soccer match in Miami Gardens, Fla., Monday, July 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Argentina's coach Lionel Scaloni celebrates with his sons Ian and Noah after his team defeated Colombia in the Copa America final soccer match in Miami Gardens, Fla., Monday, July 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Argentina's coach Lionel Scaloni celebrates with his sons Ian and Noah after his team defeated Colombia in the Copa America final soccer match in Miami Gardens, Fla., Monday, July 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Players of Argentina celebrate with the trophy after defeating Colombia in the Copa America final soccer match in Miami Gardens, Fla., Monday, July 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Players of Argentina celebrate with the trophy after defeating Colombia in the Copa America final soccer match in Miami Gardens, Fla., Monday, July 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Argentina's Lionel Messi holds the trophy as celebrating with teammates after defeating Colombia in the Copa America final soccer match in Miami Gardens, Fla., Monday, July 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Argentina's Lionel Messi holds the trophy as celebrating with teammates after defeating Colombia in the Copa America final soccer match in Miami Gardens, Fla., Monday, July 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Argentina's Lionel Messi holds the trophy while celebrating with teammates after defeating Colombia in the Copa America final soccer match in Miami Gardens, Fla., Monday, July 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Argentina's Lionel Messi holds the trophy while celebrating with teammates after defeating Colombia in the Copa America final soccer match in Miami Gardens, Fla., Monday, July 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Argentina's Lionel Messi celebrates with the trophy after his team defeated Colombia in the Copa America final soccer match in Miami Gardens, Fla., Monday, July 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Argentina's Lionel Messi celebrates with the trophy after his team defeated Colombia in the Copa America final soccer match in Miami Gardens, Fla., Monday, July 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Argentina's Lionel Messi, center, celebrates after his team defeated Colombia in the Copa America final soccer match in Miami Gardens, Fla., Monday, July 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Argentina's Lionel Messi, center, celebrates after his team defeated Colombia in the Copa America final soccer match in Miami Gardens, Fla., Monday, July 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Argentina's Lionel Messi sits on the bench with an ice pack on his ankle during a Copa America soccer final match against Colombia in Miami Gardens, Fla., Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Argentina's Lionel Messi sits on the bench with an ice pack on his ankle during a Copa America soccer final match against Colombia in Miami Gardens, Fla., Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Argentina's Lautaro Martínez celebrates scoring his side's first goal against Colombia during the Copa America final soccer match in Miami Gardens, Fla., Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Argentina's Lautaro Martínez celebrates scoring his side's first goal against Colombia during the Copa America final soccer match in Miami Gardens, Fla., Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Argentina's Lautaro Martínez (22) celebrates with Lionel Messi after scoring his side's opening goal against Colombia during the Copa America final soccer match in Miami Gardens, Fla., Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Argentina's Lautaro Martínez (22) celebrates with Lionel Messi after scoring his side's opening goal against Colombia during the Copa America final soccer match in Miami Gardens, Fla., Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Argentina's Lautaro Martínez celebrates scoring his side’s opening goal against Colombia during the Copa America final soccer match in Miami Gardens, Fla., Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Argentina's Lautaro Martínez celebrates scoring his side’s opening goal against Colombia during the Copa America final soccer match in Miami Gardens, Fla., Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Argentina's Lautaro Martínez embraces Lionel Messi after scoring his side's opening goal against Colombia during the Copa America final soccer match in Miami Gardens, Fla., Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Argentina's Lautaro Martínez embraces Lionel Messi after scoring his side's opening goal against Colombia during the Copa America final soccer match in Miami Gardens, Fla., Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Argentina's Angel Di Maria, left, greets teammate Nicolás Gonzalez as he leaves the field during the Copa America final soccer match against Colombia in Miami Gardens, Fla., Monday, July 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Argentina's Angel Di Maria, left, greets teammate Nicolás Gonzalez as he leaves the field during the Copa America final soccer match against Colombia in Miami Gardens, Fla., Monday, July 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Argentina's Lautaro Martínez, right, celebrates scoring his side's first goal against Colombia with teammates during the Copa America final soccer match in Miami Gardens, Fla., Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Argentina's Lautaro Martínez, right, celebrates scoring his side's first goal against Colombia with teammates during the Copa America final soccer match in Miami Gardens, Fla., Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Argentina's Lionel Messi walks off injured during the Copa America final soccer match against Colombia in Miami Gardens, Fla., Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Argentina's Lionel Messi walks off injured during the Copa America final soccer match against Colombia in Miami Gardens, Fla., Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Argentina's Lionel Messi touches his ankle sitting at the bench during a Copa America soccer final match against Colombia in Miami Gardens, Fla., Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Argentina's Lionel Messi touches his ankle sitting at the bench during a Copa America soccer final match against Colombia in Miami Gardens, Fla., Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Argentina's Lionel Messi, right, sits on the bench after being substituted due to an injury during the Copa America final soccer match against Colombia in Miami Gardens, Fla., Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Argentina's Lionel Messi, right, sits on the bench after being substituted due to an injury during the Copa America final soccer match against Colombia in Miami Gardens, Fla., Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Argentina's Lionel Messi sits on the bench with an ice pack on his ankle during a Copa America soccer final match against Colombia in Miami Gardens, Fla., Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Argentina's Lionel Messi sits on the bench with an ice pack on his ankle during a Copa America soccer final match against Colombia in Miami Gardens, Fla., Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Argentina's Lautaro Martínez celebrates scoring his side's first goal against Colombia during the Copa America final soccer match in Miami Gardens, Fla., Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Argentina's Lautaro Martínez celebrates scoring his side's first goal against Colombia during the Copa America final soccer match in Miami Gardens, Fla., Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Argentina's Lautaro Martínez celebrates scoring his side's opening goal against Colombia during the Copa America final soccer match in Miami Gardens, Fla., Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Argentina's Lautaro Martínez celebrates scoring his side's opening goal against Colombia during the Copa America final soccer match in Miami Gardens, Fla., Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Argentina's Lautaro Martínez scores his side's first goal against Colombia during the Copa America final soccer match in Miami Gardens, Fla., Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Argentina's Lautaro Martínez scores his side's first goal against Colombia during the Copa America final soccer match in Miami Gardens, Fla., Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

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