Trump tirade against US co-captain
United States President Donald Trump took to Twitter yesterday to criticise US women's team co-captain Megan Rapinoe for saying she would not visit the White House if the team won the World Cup.
Defending champions the United States face hosts France in the quarter-finals tomorrow.
"Psssh, I'm not going to the f**king White House," Rapinoe said in response to a question by a reporter when asked if she was excited about a potential White House invite.
In a video of the exchange since posted on social media, Rapinoe, 33, adds: "No. I'm not going to the White House. We're not going to be invited. I doubt it."
Trump responded in a series of tweets later yesterday. "Women's soccer player, @mPinoe, just stated that she is 'not going to the F...ing White House if we win'," he said.
"I am a big fan of the American Team, and Women's Soccer, but Megan should WIN first before she TALKS! Finish the job! We haven't yet invited Megan or the team, but I am now inviting the TEAM, win or lose. 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. The USA is doing GREAT!"
Rapinoe was one of the first American athletes to join former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick's protest against police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem.
Trump's latest tirade follows his cancellation of a White House invitation to Super Bowl champions the Philadelphia Eagles last year in the wake of the protests.
The president said at the time that he has withdrawn his invitation to the Eagles after the team disagreed with his insistence on players being made to stand for the national anthem.
He also decided not to extend an invitation to either of last year's NBA finalists, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors, after the Cavaliers' LeBron James and Warriors' Stephen Curry said they would skip the visit.