USWNT coach Ellis: Rapinoe-Trump tiff won't affect team

Megan Rapinoe celebrates after her side beat Spain in the round of 16

Megan Rapinoe celebrates after her side beat Spain in the round of 16

President Donald Trump called out USA women's national team co-captain Megan Rapinoe after a months-old video was posted on social media in which she used profanity when she said she wasn't going to the White House if the team wins the Women's World Cup.

"My mom would be very upset about that".

Rapinoe was part of the U.S. team that visited the White House in 2015 to meet then president Barack Obama after winning the last World Cup. "She knows that. We know we have each other's backs in there", Ellis said. For our players, there's only one goal, one mission that we're here.

"I think this team has a remarkable focus, we all support Megan, she knows that", she said.

Another member of the USA women's national soccer team is speaking out against Donald Trump in the midst of the 2019 World Cup.

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Rapinoe has been a controversial figure during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. Other than the National Basketball Association, which now refuses to call owners, owners (please explain that I just got Criminal Justice Reform passed, Black unemployment is at the lowest level in our Country's history, and the poverty index is also best number EVER), leagues and teams love coming to the White House.

Rapinoe had been asked by football magazine Eight by Eight whether she was excited to visit the White House if the U.S. won the tournament, but she dismissed the idea, saying the team would not be invited.

"In every aspect of life, the more we can tackle the inequality from a lot a different angles, perspectives, different lanes the quicker we can rectify the problem", Rapinoe has said. Even Rapinoe said during the team's training camp in England that she considered France the favorite to win the title.

Earlier this week, Trump told The Hill that he did not find Rapinoe's national anthem protest - which is meant to highlight racial injustice and police misconduct in America - appropriate.

United States midfielder Megan Rapinoe has urged her team-mates to "think hard" about associating themselves with President Donald Trump. "I think, if anything, it just fires everybody up a little bit more". "Finish the job! We haven't yet invited Megan or the team, but I am now inviting the TEAM, win or lose".

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She now does stand but refuses to sing or put her hand over her heart like other U.S. players.

Rapinoe, who is gay, has frequently spoken out about politics and has criticized the Trump administration and its policies in the past.

United States co-captain Megan Rapinoe says she "stands by" her comments about not visiting the White House and encouraged her team-mates to follow her lead.

The 33-year-old Rapinoe was among the professional athletes who showed support for football player Colin Kaepernick's social justice protests in 2016. U.S. Soccer subsequently instituted a policy requiring all players to stand during the anthem.

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