USWNT Star Megan Rapinoe Shuts Down Idea of Meeting Trump: ‘I’m Not Going to the F**king White House’

Megan Rapinoe
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Soccer star Megan Rapinoe is head-focused on bringing home the FIFA Women’s World Cup championship trophy back to the United States for the fourth time, but President Donald Trump believes she’s disrespecting the country because of her silent sideline protest.

Rapinoe, however, is unbothered by the president. In an interview with Eight by Eight magazine that was released Tuesday, the U.S. Women’s National Team co-captain struck down the idea of meeting Trump after a potential win.

“I’m not going to the f**king White House,” Rapinoe said when asked about the possibility. “No, not going to the White House. We’re not going to be invited. I doubt it.”

Watch the video below:

The video was filmed before the FIFA Women’s World Cup even began — before their four back-to-back wins (including a record-smashing 13-0 victory over Thailand), and before Rapinoe scored three goals in the tournament so far (including the only two goals in the team’s 2-1 victory over Spain in the first elimination round).

But the short clip garnered over 4.5 million views in less than 24 hours and gained the attention of President Trump on Wednesday, who used it as an opportunity to hit Rapinoe, once again, for her decision to not sing the national anthem at games as a form of protest.

“…leagues and teams love coming to the White House,” Trump continued in a subsequent tweet. “I am a big fan of the American Team, and Women’s Soccer, but Megan should WIN first before she TALKS! Finish the job!”

Trump then extended an invitation to the entire team, “win or lose,” and told Rapinoe to “be proud of the flag you wear.”

Rapinoe has been protesting at the national anthem before games since 2016 when former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the Star Spangled Banner to protest police violence.

At the time, Rapinoe coined an op-ed for The Player’s Tribune explaining the reasoning behind her protest participation (emphasis added):

“I can understand if you think that I’m disrespecting the flag by kneeling, but it is because of my utmost respect for the flag and the promise it represents that I have chosen to demonstrate in this way. When I take a knee, I am facing the flag with my full body, staring straight into the heart of our country’s ultimate symbol of freedom — because I believe it is my responsibility, just as it is yours, to ensure that freedom is afforded to everyone in this country.”

One has to wonder if Trump would’ve invited the team at all if Rapinoe hadn’t gone viral for calling him out on it. As IJR previously noted, Trump hadn’t invited a women’s championship sports team for a solo event in nearly two years of his presidency. After press and Democratic lawmakers picked up on the story, Trump soon after invited the Women’s NCAA basketball championship team.

Rapinoe, along with her teammates and coach, went to the White House in 2015 after their World Cup victory in Canada over Japan. They gifted then-President Obama with a number 44 USWNT jersey.

U.S. Women's National Team at White House
WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 27: US President Barack Obama holds a jersey given to him by the World Champion United States Women’s National Soccer Team, in the East Room of the White House October 27, 2015 in Washington, DC. President Obama hosted the event to honor the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Champions. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Rapinoe is currently tied for fifth place in the top goal-scorers of the tournament so far and is tied with her teammate Alex Morgan for first in number of assists. The U.S. will take on the No. 2 FIFA-ranked team, France, in the quarterfinal game Friday at 3 p.m. EST.

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