During an interview with Eight By Eight Magazine that resurfaced Tuesday, Megan Rapinoe scoffed at a question about whether or not she's "excited" about going to the White House, assuming her team wins the World Cup.
“I’m not going to the f---ing White House,” Rapinoe said. “No. I’m not going to the White House. We’re not going to be invited... I doubt it."
Rapinoe had previously visited the White House in 2015 under President Obama. A report from the Washington Post suggested that the White House has mostly snubbed women's teams, not inviting WNBA champions in the past two years or the NCAA women's champions in 2018.
Rapinoe, who had initially knelt during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” while she played in the National Women’s Soccer League, had vowed not to put her hand over her heart or sing the lyrics while the national anthem played. She has so far held true through the Women’s World Cup.
Trump made his comments on Rapinoe during an interview with The Hill. When he was asked about whether the co-captain’s decision to kneel is appropriate, Trump responded: “No. I don’t think so.”