Rapinoe stands by statement about not going to White House


An online squabble between USA women's national team co-captain Megan Rapinoe and President Donald Trump will not distract the team from its preparation for Friday's match against co-favorite France in the quarterfinals of the Women's World Cup, coach Jill Ellis said. She said, in a similarly off the cuff manner, even with a hint of annoyance, "I'm not going to the fucking White House".

She had long signaled her unwillingness to visit the White House, joining other U.S. sports stars to refuse to go since Trump became president. "She knows that. We know we have each other's backs in there", Ellis said.

'I am a big fan of the American Team and Women's Soccer, but Megan should WIN first before she TALKS! She's out there ripping The White House and dropping F-bombs saying they're not going to get invited then BOOM. "I think, if anything, it just fires everybody up a little bit more".

President Trump responded to comments made by Rapinoe to football magazine Eight by Eight in January, which were released as part of their Women's World Cup edition in May.

And on top of all that, Rapinoe is preparing to lead the United States into its biggest game of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, a quarterfinal on Friday here at the Parc des Princes against the hosts France.

"I'm not around them all the time so I don't know what they're saying, but at the end of the day, on the training ground, in meeting rooms, focus has been phenomenal", she said. Be proud of the Flag that you wear.

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"In every aspect of life, the more we can tackle the inequality from a lot a different angles, perspectives, different lanes the quicker we can rectify the problem", Rapinoe has said. For our players, there's only one objective, one mission that we're here.

Rapinoe has also called President Trump "sexist", "misogynistic", "small-minded", and "racist", while describing herself as "a walking protest" of President Trump.

He first pointed out that until the USA team won the World Cup they would not be invited to the White House.

Krieger used Trump's preferred medium, Twitter, to announce she also won't participate in a White House visit, joining Rapinoe and Alex Morgan among US players who'll decline to take the trip to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. U.S. Soccer subsequently instituted a policy requiring all players to stand during the anthem.

"I don't stand for a lot of things the current office stands for", Morgan said, pointing particularly to the family separation policy at the southern border. "I don't support this administration nor their fight against LGBTQ+ citizens, immigrants, & our vulnerable".

That feud appeared to be sparked by Colin Kaepernick's kneeling protest bringing attention to police brutality and racial inequality - an action Rapinoe joined but Trump criticised.