Megan Rapinoe Accepts Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Invitation To Tour U.S. Capitol After Saying She Won't Visit White House

U.S. Women's Soccer star Megan Rapinoe might end up in Washington D.C. after all.

Rapinoe made headlines earlier this week when a video of her speaking to a reporter went viral. The video, shot in January, featured Rapinoe saying that she would "not going to the f*****g White House" if invited by President Donald Trump. Rapinoe added that she doubted Team USA would be invited, as is the tradition for professional or collegiate sports teams that win league or national championships.

Her response prompted a rebuttal by Trump on Twitter, saying that Rapinoe should win before she talks about visiting the White House.

"Women's soccer player,@mPinoe, just stated that she is "not going to the F...ing White House if we win." Other than the NBA, which now refuses to call owners, owners (please explain that I just got Criminal Justice Reform passed, Black unemployment is at the lowest level in our Country's history, and the poverty index is also best number EVER), leagues and teams love coming to the White House. 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!," Trump said in a series of tweets.

The American women's soccer team defeated France on Friday 2-1 to advance to the semi-finals of the World Cup. Rapinoe, a team co-captain, scored both goals for Team USA.

Shortly after Team USA won the game, New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted to invite the team to visit the U.S. Capitol.
"It may not be the White House, but we'd be happy to welcome @mPinoe& the entire #USWMNT for a tour of the House of Representatives anytime they'd like," she wrote.
Rapinoe replied hours later, telling Ocasio-Cortez to "consider it done."

Rapinoe is not the only member of the team that has rejected a would-be invitation from the president. Ali Krieger, another Team USA member, also said she would not attend.

"In regards to the 'President's' tweet today, I know women who you cannot control or grope anger you, but I stand by (Rapinoe) & will sit this one out as well. I don't support this administration nor their fight against LGBTQ+ citizens, immigrants & our most vulnerable," Krieger posted to Twitter Wednesday.

Krieger's fiance, teammate Ashlyn Harris, has not publicly stated she would not attend, but many expect that she would also decline an invitation to the White House.

Other members of the team have also expressed that they would decline including Alex Morgan and Becky Sauerbrunn.

The players would join several other professional and collegiate athletes who skipped visiting the White House after winning a championship. Members of the Boston Red Sox, the Washington Capitals, the New England Patriots and the Clemson Tigers teams all skipped out on the visit since Trump took office.

Earlier this year, the Virginia Cavaliers declined an invitation after winning the NCAA Men's Basketball title, saying that it would be too difficult to get the entire team together and in 2018 the Golden State Warriors declined to visit Trump after winning the NBA championship. The Warriors instead traveled to Washington to visit former President Barack Obama.

The White House also canceled a visit from the Philadelphia Eagles after the 2018 Super Bowl when only a few players agreed to attend.

Meanwhile, Team USA will face off against England on July 2 to try and earn a trip to the World Cup championship game. The American women are the defending World Cup champions.

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Megan Rapinoe of United States getting into the field during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Quarter Final match between France and USA at Parc des Princes on June 28, 2019 in Paris, France. Getty/Marcio Machado
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