United States forward Megan Rapinoe has revealed how supportive her teammates were during her well-documented mid-World Cup feud with president Donald Trump.
During the tournament, a video surfaced of Rapinoe saying: "I'm not going to the f****** White House," after being asked whether she would accept the invitation should the team triumph in France.
Trump responded in the only way Trump knows how - on Twitter - saying: "Megan should WIN first before she TALKS!"
Merci boucoup pour une GRANDE HONOR https://t.co/uH8WQ7mV2T— Megan Rapinoe (@mPinoe) December 3, 2019
Her comments continued to be brought up throughout the World Cup, with Rapinoe defiantly standing by her remarks.
It did not prove to be a distraction for Rapinoe or her teammates, with the 34-year-old scoring six goals en route to the USA defending their title.
Speaking to the Guardian, Rapinoe said:
“Allie Long was like: ‘Duuuuude, this is so crazy, you’re a G, you took down the president!’ The whole environment was: ‘We got you. This is our player and we just have to roll with it.’"
Rapinoe is a famously politically outspoken player, using her platform to campaign for equal pay for the women's national team and to support Colin Kaepernick, the first American Football player to take a knee in protest of police brutality and racial inequality.
However, Rapinoe admitted that her mother was slightly less impressed by her feud with Trump.
“My mom, I mean bless her, she was like: ‘Can’t you just stop? Why are you taking all this on all the damn time?’" Rapinoe added. "But this is what it is. It’s par for the course for me, I guess."
Despite her mother's objections, Rapinoe never considered backing down.
"It was like: ‘I’m not going [to the White House] and I don’t want to go and these are the reasons why,’" Rapinoe added. "I didn’t want to shy away from it and I don’t want to shy away from it. Ever. I think that would just give him [Trump] power."