Legendary USA striker Abby Wambach also backed Rapinoe.
"I'm not around them all the time so I don't know what they're saying, but at the end of the day, on the training ground, in meeting rooms, focus has been phenomenal", she said.
Mark Twain said famously that history doesn't repeat itself but it does rhyme and we may have had a rhyming moment this past week, thanks to US Women's National Soccer Team star Megan Rapinoe. In that video, she said she would not accept an invitation to visit the White House.
"I don't think that I would want to go and I would encourage my team-mates to think hard about lending that platform or having that co-opted by an administration that doesn't feel the same way and doesn't fight for the same things that we fight for".
"I'm not anxious about destabilising the dressing room, I think that we have an incredibly strong dressing room, we're very open with each other", she said.
Megan Rapinoe issued a statement ahead of this afternoon's World Cup quarter-final press conference, standing by her comments about not wanting to go to the White House.
"I think for our players, there is only one goal, one mission that we're here. I don't support this administration nor their fight against LGBTQ+ citizens, immigrants, & our vulnerable". "Comments, media, whatever, it has always been something I think we can block out pretty easily". She became one of the first athletes to join the then NFL player Colin Kaepernick's protest against alleged police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem.
Donald Trump flipped his wig, with a freaky multi-tweet rant where he quoted black unemployment statistics, which made many wonder if he thought Megan Rapinoe was in fact African-American.
The Washington Post reports the 33-year-old Rapinoe opened the can of worms when she was quoted as saying, "I'm not going to the f--ing White House" in a video clip that was recorded in January as part of a larger interview with Eight by Eight and posted online by the magazine earlier this week. U.S. Soccer subsequently instituted a policy requiring all players to stand during the anthem. In the past few games, she has refused to sing the national anthem and refused to put her hand over her heart during the national anthem. "I didn't make the comments at a press conference here, they were made months ago and are just kind of resurfacing", Rapinoe said.
Alex Morgan told Time Magazine last month that she would not visit the White House if the USA team was invited.