Megan Rapinoe, co-captain of the U.S. girls’s soccer crew, mentioned she would not go to the White Home if the crew wins the World Cup in a video clip printed Tuesday, and President Trump responded in a collection of tweets Wednesday. 

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Rapinoe’s remarks surfaced in a short video interview with soccer journal Eight By Eight. Requested by a reporter if she was “excited” to go to the White Home, Rapinoe scoffed and emphatically replied, “I am not going to the f*****g White Home.” She added, “No. I am not going to the White Home. We’re not gonna be invited. I doubt it.”

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Rapinoe celebrates after scoring a purpose in the course of the France 2019 Ladies’s World Cup spherical of sixteen soccer match between Spain and USA.

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On Wednesday, Mr. Trump cautioned Rapinoe to seal the deal first, and likewise prolonged an invitation to the crew. 

“I’m an enormous fan of the American Workforce, and Ladies’s Soccer, however Megan ought to WIN first earlier than she TALKS! End the job! We have not but,” he tweeted. “We have not but invited Megan or the crew, however I’m now inviting the TEAM, win or lose.”

Mr. Trump instructed The Hill on Monday it was not acceptable for her to protest in the course of the nationwide anthem. He repeated his feedback once more. “Megan ought to by no means disrespect our Nation, the White Home, or our Flag, particularly since a lot has been finished for her & the crew. Be happy with the Flag that you just put on. The USA is doing GREAT!”

Rapinoe, who beforehand instructed Sports activities Illustrated that she had no real interest in visiting the White Home, defined additional in feedback made to Eight By Eight that she might not even get an opportunity to say no an invite anyway. “[Trump] tries to keep away from inviting a crew which may decline. Or, like he did when the Warriors turned him down, he’ll declare they hadn’t been invited within the first place.”

The White Home historically invitations American groups or gamers who’ve received championships. Underneath Mr. Trump, a number of groups have declined, most notably, the Golden State Warriors and Philadelphia Eagles. 

Rapinoe, who’s brazenly homosexual, has been crucial of the present administration. In a latest interview with Yahoo Sports activities, she mentioned she considers herself to be “a strolling protest in terms of the Trump administration” due to “every part I stand for.”

She was one of many early supporters of former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick after he started protesting in the course of the nationwide anthem to name consideration to police brutality and racial inequality. Rapinoe stored kneeling at Nationwide Ladies’s Soccer League and girls’s nationwide crew video games till the U.S. Soccer Federation adopted a coverage that will require gamers to “stand and honor” the flag. 

Sweden v USA: Group F - 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France
Rapinoe refuses to sing the nationwide anthem out of protest.

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Now, Rapinoe refuses to sing the “Star Spangled Banner” or put her hand over her coronary heart throughout it. To date, within the FIFA Ladies’s World Cup, she hasn’t. She’s additionally considered one of 28 gamers who’re suing U.S. Soccer for equal pay, alleging gender discrimination. 

USA is coming off a 2-1 victory over Spain within the first sport of the knockout stage. They play France in Paris on Friday within the quarterfinals. 


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