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Megan Rapinoe apologized Thursday for using coarse language in saying she would not visit the White House if the United States wins the Women's World Cup, but outside of using the word 'f***ing,' the American captain doubled down on the statement.
'I stand by the comments that I made about not wanting to go to the White House with exception of the expletive,' she told reporters ahead of Friday's quarterfinals meeting with the host country, France. 'My mom will be very upset about that.'
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In a recently published interview with Eight by Eight magazine, Rapinoe told a reporter she was 'not going to the f***ing White House' over her objections to President Donald Trump and is administration.
'Considering how much time and effort and pride we take in the platform we have, using it for good and leaving the game in a better place and hopefully the world in a better place, I don't think I would want to go.
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'I would encourage my team-mates to think hard about lending that platform or having that co-opted by an administration that doesn't feel the same way and doesn't fight for the same things we fight for.'
Trump called out the U.S. women's national team star on social media Wednesday, although he initially directed the message to the wrong Twitter account: 'Megan should never disrespect our Country, the White House, or our Flag, especially since so much has been done for her & the team.'
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Trump said he would invite the U.S. team 'win or lose.'
Earlier in the week, Trump had also told The Hill that it wasn't appropriate for Rapinoe to protest during the national anthem.
Rapinoe - Comments - Interview - Magazine - January
Rapinoe's initial comments were made during an interview for a magazine in January in which she was asked if she was excited about the prospect of going to the White...
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