PARIS – United States women’s World Cup co-captain Megan Rapinoe on Thursday urged her teammates to join her boycott of a White House visit following fierce criticism from President Donald Trump.
Trump accused Rapinoe of “disrespect” on Wednesday after a video emerged of her saying, in an interview with football magazine Eight by Eight, that she would not be “going to the f***ing White House”.
Rapinoe refused to back down from the comments when she gave a news conference on Thursday, on the eve of the USA’s quarter-final against host nation France.
“I stand by the comment I made about not going to the White House, with the exception of the expletive – my mum wouldn’t be very happy about that,” Rapinoe told reporters.
“Considering how much time and effort and pride that we take in the platform that we have, I don’t think that I would go and I would encourage my teammates to think about giving that platform, or having that co-opted by an administration that doesn’t feel the same way, and doesn’t fight for the same things we fight for.”