FIFA Women's World Cup 2019: President Donald Trump accuses US player Megan Rapinoe of 'disrespect'

US President Donald Trump had a war of words with US women's football player Megan Rapinoe after she claimed that she would never visit Trump's White House

Agence France-Presse June 26, 2019 22:05:11 IST
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019: President Donald Trump accuses US player Megan Rapinoe of 'disrespect'
  • USA women's football player Megan Rapinoe had a run-in with President Donald Trump after Trump accused her of disrespecting her country and flag

  • Trump's comments came after Rapinoe in an interview said that she won't visit the US President's White House

  • Trump on Twitter invited the USA women's football team to the White House but asked Rapinoe to finish her job first and win the world cup

Washington: President Donald Trump accused US Women's World Cup football star Megan Rapinoe of 'disrespect' on Wednesday after she swore not to visit his White House.

In the latest of his public feuds with high-profile athletes and celebrities, Trump sent multiple tweets complaining about Rapinoe, whose short, dyed hair has made her one of the most recognizable faces of the mighty US team.

FIFA Womens World Cup 2019 President Donald Trump accuses US player Megan Rapinoe of disrespect

Megan Rapinoe of USA. AP

"Megan should never disrespect our Country, the White House, or our Flag, especially since so much has been done for her & the team. Be proud of the Flag that you wear," he tweeted. In the same series of tweets, Trump announced he was inviting the US women's football team to the White House and said: "I am a big fan." Rapinoe, however, "should WIN first before she TALKS! Finish the job!" he wrote.

The president's outburst followed the broadcast of a video clip in which Rapinoe dismisses the idea of visiting the White House.

Such events are a longtime tradition for successful sports teams and athletes but have run into a political minefield during the controversy-filled Trump presidency.

"I'm not going to the fucking White House," the US co-captain exclaimed in the clip on Eight by Eight, a football magazine. "No. I'm not going to the White House."

The reigning world champions have swept aside all challengers so far in the World Cup and meet the hosts France on Friday for a quarter-final that Rapinoe says she hopes will be "wild and crazy."

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