The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team are World Cup champions for the fourth time, making them the most successful team in the history of the tournament. And one of the storylines that came out of the World Cup victory involved President Trump, who criticized star Megan Rapinoe on Twitter after she said that she wouldn’t go to the White House.
When asked about that back-and-forth by a reporter on Tuesday, Rapinoe said, “I held up my end of the bargain, for sure. We did it all, we won it all.”
Rapinoe went on to add, “We’ve said publicly — at least I’ve said publicly, I think most of the team, if not everybody, I think everybody is with me. We don’t want to go to the White House. So I figure that’s why the invitation hasn’t come.”
The soccer champion added that she thinks the team will make a trip to Washington, saying “We’ve had so much support from so many politicians, from so many people there […] it’ll be really exciting, eventually when we get there.”
When another reported noted that Sen. Chuck Schumer has invited the team to Capitol Hill, Rapinoe said, “Thank you, Chuck Schumer, for inviting us out. We are very happy to accept your invitation to come.”
Here’s a clip of her comments:
‘We don’t wanna go to the White House, so I figure that’s why the invitation hasn’t come.’ — @mpinoe spoke about her team’s rejection of Trump shortly after their World Cup victory pic.twitter.com/hjBAF7bmUF
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) July 9, 2019
Early in the World Cup tournament, Trump let loose in a Twitter rant, slamming Rapinoe and saying that “teams love coming to the White House” before adding “Megan should WIN first before she TALKS!” Unfortunately, in a hilarious bumble, the president tagged the wrong Megan Rapinoe — instead of dinging the soccer player, he dinged one of her fan accounts.
Of course, as Rapinoe mentioned, the women have held up their end of the bargain, and it sounds like they won’t be going to Pennsylvania Avenue any time soon.