As the women's World Cup continues and Team USA looks to have a legitimate shot of being a championship contender, questions about a possible White House visit have started to bubble up. And team co-captain Megan Rapinoe has made it clear what her plans would be if Team USA wins the World Cup.
"I'm not going to the f*cking White House," 33-year-old Rapinoe said in a recent interview highlighted by TMZ.
She continued: "We're not going to be invited."
Rapinoe and her teammates have been outspoken in their disapproval of the President in the past.
She continued, saying: "[Trump] tries to avoid inviting a team that might decline. Or, like he did when the Warriors turned him down, he’ll claim they hadn’t been invited in the first place. I don’t know everyone’s voting patterns on our team, but I would hope no one voted for him."
She was the first white pro athlete in the U.S. to take a knee during the national anthem, following in Colin Kaepernick's lead. While she no longer takes a knee, Rapinoe "doesn't put her hand over her heart or sing along with the lyrics anymore."
Trump responded to Rapinoe on Wednesday in a series of Tweets, saying "I am a big fan of the American Team, and Women’s Soccer, but Megan should WIN first before she TALKS!"
Women’s soccer player, @mPinoe, just stated that she is “not going to the F...ing White House if we win.” Other than the NBA, which now refuses to call owners, owners (please explain that I just got Criminal Justice Reform passed, Black unemployment is at the lowest level...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2019
....invited Megan or the team, but I am now inviting the TEAM, win or lose. Megan should never disrespect our Country, the White House, or our Flag, especially since so much has been done for her & the team. Be proud of the Flag that you wear. The USA is doing GREAT!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2019
On Monday, President Trump had said that he didn't think it was "appropriate" for Rapinoe to have protested during the national anthem.
Trump said during the same interview: "I love watching women's soccer. They’re really talented."