Megan Rapinoe tells Trump: 'Your message is excluding people'


She said that it was the U.S. president's "incredible responsibility" to take care of every single person and do better for everyone.

United States Women's National Team star Megan Rapinoe's name dominated headlines around the world during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, and not just because of her award-winning performance.

Rapinoe has skyrocketed to national prominence for leading her team's undefeated run to win the World Cup on Sunday, championing the lawsuit filed by 28 US Women's National Team players demanding pay equal to the men's team - and asserting that she would not be "going to the f*****g White House" if the women's team won the World Cup. Rapinoe is in no mood to take up his offer and has said she believes "not many, if any" of her teammates will. "Today, on behalf of all of us at U.S. Soccer, I want to say, we hear you, we believe in you, and we're committed to doing right by you". "It might have been great for a few people and maybe America's great for a few people right now, but it's not great for enough Americans in this world".

Rapinoe and the team have used the media attention from their victory as a platform to fight for equal pay.

Wednesday was a great day for the USA women's national team.

Trump, for his part, has not yet invited the team for a visit. And I think this team really understands, and is so prideful that we do carry with us other people when we step out on the pitch.

While the World Cup was on, a video of Rapinoe was released in which she was recorded saying that there was no way she would visit the White House.

"I see it as a positive thing", Rapinoe told ESPN of her back-and-forth with Trump.

Rapinoe, who is openly gay, also spoke on the many critics who pushed back on her kneeling during the National Anthem, stating, "I think that taking care of others, standing up for yourself and other people if they don't have the ability to do so, is very uniquely American".

Rapinoe went on to admit she regrets the foul language she aimed at Trump, but reiterated her stance regarding a possible sit down at the White House.

"I think that we have a responsibility, each and every one of us". "We'll look at that". Trump responded tweeting, "We haven't yet invited Megan [Rapinoe] or the team, but I am now inviting the TEAM, win or lose".

However, Rapinoe says the team is interested in meeting with US leaders in D.C. and WOULD accept invitations from other politicians.

The US skipper claims her team-mates all share her beliefs and that she does not wish for the team to be "put on display" by the current administration.