White House Watch: No White House Visit For Rapione

Day two of the Democratic presidential debate. Photo via MSNBC

As President Donald Trump entered new ground for America’s foreign policy, one of the country’s best soccer players denounced the White House.

Megan Rapione, a member of the U.S. national women’s soccer team, has publicly declared she will not visit the White House with President Trump in power. Rapione is a lesbian and co-captain of the U.S. World Cup team. She cursed the White House at the suggestion Trump would extend an invitation to visit. Rapione, 33, has since taken back the “fucking” description of the White House, but stands by her decision not to go and asked her teammates to “think hard” about doing the same. 

Trump has accused Rapione of disrespecting America by kneeling during the national anthem. Trump also tweeted “Megan should win before she TALKS!”

Rapione has been to the White House before, in 2015, with the World Cup champion U.S. 

team. That year she happily posed for pictures with former President Barack Obama. A member of the national Gay & Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame, Rapione lives in Seattle and is dating professional basketball player Sue Bird.

Meanwhile, in Seattle over the weekend, Joe Biden told a crowd five years ago someone who “made fun of a gay waiter” would go unchallenged. “Not in Seattle!” a member of the crowd responded, reported CNN. The former vice president has struggled to find his footing after last week’s performance in the Democratic National Committee’s first debates of the campaign.

U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris of California called out Biden for working with racist senators and opposing busing. Harris said Biden’s remarks were “hurtful” and he was wrong to oppose the federal government stepping in to integrate white schools by busing black children to those schools.

“That’s why we have the Voting Rights Act, and the Civil Rights Act and that’s why we need to pass the Equality Act and we need to pass the ERA because there are moments in history where states fail to preserve the civil rights of all people,” Harris said to cheers from the audience at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami.

Elsewhere, Trump took an impromptu visit into the Korean peninsula’s demilitarized zone.

“This is a special moment,” Trump said after meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and becoming the first U.S. president to walk into North Korea.

Democrats didn’t quite see it that way. U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts tweeted Trump was “squandering American influence on photo ops and exchanging love letters with a ruthless dictator.”

Warren, Harris and Biden are scheduled to return to the debate stage July 30-31 in Detroit.

As for Rapione, the 2019 FIFA World Cup concludes July 7 in Paris, France. As of press time, the U.S. team, defending World Cup champions, faced England in the semifinals.