During an interview with The Hill, Trump was asked whether he thought Rapinoe's decision to protest the national anthem was appropriate. Previously she knelt during the playing of the Star Spangled Banner, but during this summer's tournament she has instead simply refused to sing along with the anthem.
It has been reported that Rapinoe protested during the national anthem by not singing along.
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While disagreeing with Rapinoe's actions, Trump praised the USWNT.
They also have bags of personality amongst the players, as evidenced by captain Megan Rapinoe, she of cool hair and cooler penalty-taking skills fame.
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a roundtable on the economy and tax reform at Nuss Trucking and Equipment on April 15, 2019 in Burnsville, Minnesota.
"It's not about you", MacCallum chided Rapinoe.
The Golden State Warriors decided not to go to the White House past year after winning an National Basketball Association title. "Or, like he did when the Warriors turned him down, he'll claim they hadn't been invited in the first place".
Trump sent out three tweets Wednesday morning in response to Rapinoe's comments. But not one to miss a gracious opportunity, Trump promptly said the team is now invited win or lose. He has since deleted the tweets, tagged the right account and reposted, but the language remains the same. I'm not going to the White House.
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". You have to respect our flag and our country.
However, Trump also refused to clearly take a side on whether female soccer players should be paid equally to men.
Speaking on Fox Business Network Wednesday, host Stuart Varney told Rapinoe to "shut up" and respect the president.
"Because I'm as talented as I am, I get to be here, you don't get to tell me if I can be here or not", she said to Yahoo Sports earlier this year.
Rapinoe, who scored two goals Monday against Spain to help the usa reach the World Cup quarterfinals, previously stated that she would "absolutely not" visit the White House in an interview last month with Sports Illustrated.
Rapinoe knelt for the national anthem in 2016, and the U.S. Soccer Federation made a rule that all players representing the national team must stand for the anthem.
U.S. Soccer's lawyers in a letter on Monday agreed to participate in mediation after the ongoing women's World Cup concludes on July 7, the Journal said, citing people familiar with the situation.