Trump tells US women's soccer star Rapinoe not to 'disrespect' country

Donald Trump (Getty Images)
Donald Trump (Getty Images)

Washington - President Donald Trump accused US Women's World Cup soccer star Megan Rapinoe of "disrespect" on Wednesday after she swore not to visit his White House.

In the latest of his public feuds with high-profile athletes and celebrities, Trump sent multiple tweets complaining about Rapinoe, whose short, dyed hair has made her one of the most recognizable faces of the mighty US team.

"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," he tweeted.

In the same series of tweets, Trump announced he was inviting the US women's team to the White House and said "I am a big fan."

Rapinoe, however, "should WIN first before she TALKS! Finish the job!" he wrote.

The president's outburst followed the broadcast of a video clip in which Rapinoe dismisses the idea of visiting the White House.

Such events are a longtime tradition for successful sports teams and athletes but have run into a political minefield during the controversy-filled Trump presidency.

"I'm not going to the f****** White House," the US co-captain exclaimed in the clip on Eight by Eight, a football magazine."No. I'm not going to the White House."

The reigning world champions have swept aside all challengers so far in the World Cup and meet the hosts France on Friday for a quarter final that Rapinoe says she hopes will be "wild and crazy."

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
What is your favourite sport to watch on TV?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
40% - 13453 votes
12% - 4114 votes
19% - 6210 votes
3% - 854 votes
1% - 328 votes
2% - 777 votes
5% - 1679 votes
8% - 2809 votes
4% - 1171 votes
Water sports
1% - 304 votes
American sports
1% - 413 votes
3% - 1113 votes