USA women's national football team captain Megan Rapinoe said that she stands by the comments she made about not wanting to visit the White House, and urged her teammates to do the same. Rapinoe spoke at a press conference in Paris on Thursday.
«I stand by the comments that I made about not wanting to go to the White House — with the exception of the expletive; my mum will be very upset about... Еще that,» said Rapinoe, referring to a video published on Wednesday in which she said she will not be going to the White House if the US win the Women's World Cup.
«I think, obviously, entering with a lot of passion, considering how much time and effort and pride we take in the platform that we have, and using it for good and for leaving the game in a better place — and hopefully the world in a better place,» said Rapinoe.
«I don't think that I would want to go, and I would encourage my teammates to think hard about lending that platform or having that co-opted by an administration that doesn't feel the same way, doesn't fight for the same things that we fight for,» she added.
USA manager Jill Ellis said that the team supports Rapinoe's stance, and that for them there's only «one mission, one purpose» at the Women's World Cup in Paris.
In response to Rapinoe's video, US President Donald Trump tweeted that she wasn't even invited yet and that she should finish the job first and respect the nation.
The US will play against France at the Parc des Princes in Paris on Friday, as part of the Round of 16 in the 2019 Women's World Cup. The kick off is set at 20:00 GMT.
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