U.S. president Donald Trump on Wednesday, June 26, criticized the co-captain of the U.S. women’s soccer team Megan Rapinoe after she made a controversial comment during Women’s World Cup Tournament in France.
The president said in a tweet, “Megan should WIN first before she TALKS”
He also offered to invite the team to the White House regardless of winning or losing the tournament, “We haven’t yet 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,” the president added.
This comes after a reporter asked Rapinoe on Tuesday if the team would visit the White House if they won the World Cup title.
“I’m not going to the [obscenity] White House,” said Rapinoe. “No, I’m not going to the White House. We’re not going to be invited. I doubt it,” Rapinoe added.
During the ongoing soccer tournament in France, Rapinoe refuses to sing the U.S. national anthem “The Star-Spangled Banner” before each World Cup match. She also refuses to her hand on her heart. In a recent interview with Yahoo sports before the tournament Rapinoe said, “I’ll probably never put my hand over my heart,” “I’ll probably never sing the national anthem again.”
On Monday in an interview the Hill, President Trump said that it was not appropriate for Rapinoe to protest during the national anthem. “No. I don’t think so,” the president said.
He said he is a fan of the U.S. women’s soccer team. “I love watching women’s soccer. They’re really talented.”
Rapinoe is also known for her protest for equal pay. She is one of the 28 members of U.S. women’s soccer team to sue against the U.S. Soccer Federation for alleging discrimination in pay and resources based on gender.