- The Washington Times - Friday, July 5, 2019

U.S. women’s national soccer team star Ali Krieger said Thursday that President Trump doesn’t deserve her respect.

Speaking to CNN’s Alisyn Camerota, Ms. Krieger explained that it was an easy decision for her to defend her teammate, Megan Rapinoe, who has recently feuded with the president.

“I refuse to respect a man that warrants no respect,” Ms. Krieger said. “I feel that staying silent at times can side with the oppressor and I didn’t want her to feel like she was having to process this all alone, because a lot of us do have those similar feelings.

“I refuse to just sit back and watch an abuser, a bully talk like that to my friend and I support her as a friend and I wanted to make sure that I said something that meant something to me and was important to me and that’s why I did what I did,” she said.

The drama started late last month after Ms. Rapinoe said she would not accept an invitation from the White House if the national team won the World Cup this Sunday. Mr. Trump responded on Twitter by saying Ms. Rapinoe “should WIN first before she talks.”

Last week, Ms. Krieger chimed in to say that she would also refuse to attend the White House if invited, tweeting, “I don’t support this administration nor their fight against LGBTQ+ citizens, immigrants & our most vulnerable.”

Ms. Krieger said Thursday that she would “absolutely” be willing, however, to accept an invitation by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who asked Ms. Rapinoe and the rest of the team to take a tour of the House of Representatives.

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