Donald Trump calls out Megan Rapinoe for refusal to visit White House

Thursday, 27 Jun, 2019

Eight by Eight explained in an email that although the video was shot earlier this year, Rapinoe was referring to the upcoming World Cup when she made her statements about visiting the White House.

The U.S. Soccer Federation has reached a tentative agreement for mediation with the women's national team to resolve complaints in a lawsuit over equal pay with the men's team, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.

At the FIFA Women's World Cup in France, where the USA team advanced to the quarterfinals with a win against Spain on Monday, Rapinoe has stood motionless when "The Star Spangled Banner" is sung at pre-game ceremonies.

"I doubt we'll be invited", added the 33-year-old playmaker during a photo shoot for Eight By Eight, published on Tuesday evening. We're not gonna be invited.

Asked by The Hill if Rapinoe's protests were appropriate, Trump said, "No. That is beneath contempt", Varney said on his Fox Business Network program.

Rapinoe considers herself a "walking protest" to President Donald Trump's policies.

"It's not about you", MacCallum chided Rapinoe.

But if the team follows Rapinoe's lead and refuses as a collective to visit the White House, they will follow in the footsteps of the National Basketball Association champion Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors, as well as the NFL Super Bowl-winning Philadelphia Eagles, who all turned down an invitation to meet with Trump at the White House.

After Rapinoe's latest comments got to the Commander In Chief, he went to Twitter to respond in a series of three tweets. But not one to miss a gracious opportunity, Trump promptly said the team is now invited win or lose. He deleted the original tweets after calling out the wrong Twitter handle for Rapinoe. "I believe the National Football League does this", she informed Yahoo Sporting.

"Being a gay American, I know what it means to look at the flag and not have it protect all of your liberties", Rapinoe told American Soccer Now's John D. Halloran on why she took a knee. She helped the United States win gold at the 2012 Olympics and was a starter as the team won the World Cup in 2015.

In the video, USA midfielder and team co-captain Megan Rapinoe told Eight by Eight magazine that, "I'm not going to the f-- White House". Be proud of the Flag that you wear.

But Krieger has joined a growing list of players who say they will not be making the trip to visit Trump, and hit back at the President for his treatment of women, the LGBTQ+ community and other minority groups.