The American midfield star of the football team, Megan Rapinoe, is not waiting for another World Cup victory to reject the usual invitation to the White House.
In an interview with Sports Illustrated, the 33-year-old gold medalist and LGBT activist preventively refused a possible offer from President Donald Trump.
& # 39; I'm not going to fool, not with the president, who is clearly against so many things that I am and so many of the things that I actually am, & # 39; Rapinoe said to SI. & # 39; I am not interested in extending our platform to him. & # 39;
Rapinoe previously visited President Barack Obama in the White House with the American team after the 2015 World Cup victory.
The outspoken Rapinoe is no stranger to controversy after kneeling during the national anthem several times in 2016 and 2017.
In the end, she had remained outside the US selection for a number of games and a small tournament, but was allowed to return later when US football made a new rule, forcing all players to remain standing.
Megan Rapinoe # 15 kneels during the national anthem prior to the game between the United States and the Netherlands in Georgia Dome on September 18, 2016 in Atlanta
President Donald Trump speaks alongside the fast food he has purchased for a ceremony honoring the 2018 College Football Playoff National Champion Clemson Tigers in the State Dining Room
Rapinoe is also one of the 28 players who filed a lawsuit against discrimination against the US in March and, as teammate Alex Morgan explained, Rapinoe is the driving force behind its own advocacy.
& # 39; I have learned to use my platform for more things than football, & # 39; Morgan told SI, & # 39; and that has a lot to do with Pinoe. & # 39;
Not only do American women want equal pay with their male counterparts, but they are also looking for an equal investment in American football.
To help achieve this goal, Rapinoe hopes to keep the labor dispute in the news during this summer's World Cup in France.
& # 39; I will be sure, I am sure, frustrated with these issues for the rest of my life, as many other marginalized people are & she says. & # 39; But we are making progress, and we are seeing that tidal wave and that shift in culture and the story.
& # 39; It is extremely motivating and stimulating to feel that you are part of change. To be part of that larger movement in this country, whether it's Black Lives Matter, the # MeToo movement, Time & # 39; s Up, the women's movement, that's an incredible feeling. & # 39;
Rapinoe (clapping in checkered suit) visited President Barack Obama in the White House with the American team after the 2015 World Cup competition
Obama poses for a selfie with members of the World Champion United States Women & # 39; s National Soccer Team during an event in the East Room of the White House October 27, 2015
Once usual, the annual visit of American champion teams to the White House has become highly politicized in recent years.
Recently Alex Cora, manager of Red Sox, chose to visit the White House of Trump, referring to the huge need for redevelopment after devastating hurricanes in his hometown of Puerto Rico.
He was added to that decision by reigning MVP Mookie Betts and fellow Red Sox players Jackie Bradley Jr., Rafael Devers, David Price, Christian Vazquez and Hector Velazquez.
Recent champions such as the Golden State Warriors and the Philadelphia Eagles have refused the usual visit to the White House, or were displeased, depending on someone's perspective.
Several players at the Warriors said they would not go to the White House after winning the NBA title in 2017, so Trump withdrew the invitation to the entire team. (The Warriors are currently in the NBA final against the Toronto Raptors, who, if they won their first title, would probably visit Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau)
The White House also canceled a scheduled visit for the Philadelphia Eagles last June; and during the 2018 NBA finals, Trump was preventively disqualified by the Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers, but only after LeBron James publicly stated that neither of the two teams would visit 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora did not attend the White House ceremony last month in honor of the 2018 World Series champions because of concerns about the Trump government's response to Hurricane Maria in his hometown of Puerto Rico. Cora had considered the decision since the Red Sox defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series last October
Recently goalkeeper Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals became the latest major North American sportswoman to turn down an invitation to Trump's White House.
Holtby was asked if his support for the LGBT community contributed to his decision to respectfully & # 39; reject the offer, as he put it. The 29-year-old Saskatchewan native has marched into various pride parades in the Washington area.
& # 39; It is one of the factors & # 39 ;, he told reporters. & # 39; But my family, myself, we believe in a world where people are treated with respect, regardless of your status or what you were born into. That is exactly where it is with this decision. You are asked to choose which side you are on and it is fairly clear which side I am on. I believe this is the right decision for myself and my family. & # 39;
Trump criticized human rights organizations after banning transgender people from the army in 2017.
President Donald Trump, center, speaking to Joey Logano, left, the 2018 NASCAR Cup Series champion, speaks to the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Penske team owner Roger Penske, right, also lives . (AP Photo / Susan Walsh)
Last week, the Ministry of Health and Human Services of Trump proposed to abolish an Obama-era policy that prohibited healthcare providers and homeless shelters from discriminating against transgender patients.
Not everyone has taken the opportunity to visit the White House of Trump.
He honored Tiger Woods for his recent Masters victory and welcomed NASCAR champion Joey Logano and team owner Roger Penske to the White House in April.
& # 39; They are winners, anyway, & # 39; said Trump. & # 39; The team is a winner and NASCAR is a winner. & # 39;
And prior to Logano's visit, Trump also welcomed Baylor national champion basketball team in front of the White House.
The Lady Bears were actually the first women's basketball team to visit Trump's White House.
Trump received a sweater with his name on the back.
& # 39; You know, I love those short sleeves. What a beautiful arms. Great definition, & # 39; Trump said as he stroked his upper arm.
And as he did with champion Clemson's national football team, the White House of Trump provided fast food for the visiting athletes.
Trump recently welcomed Baylor, the national basketball team, to the White House. The Lady Bears were actually the first women's basketball team to visit Trump, who was given a sweater with his name on the back. & # 39; You know, I love those short sleeves. What a beautiful arms. Great definition, & # 39; Trump said as he stroked his upper arm
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