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A day before a ticker-tape parade will be held in lower Manhattan’s Canyon of Heroes, World Cup champion and U.S. national women’s soccer team captain Megan Rapinoe went through the media car wash Tuesday.

Rapinoe’s interviews touched on a number of topics, from equal pay for women’s players to the cultural impact of winning the World Cup, and, of course, President Donald Trump.

During the World Cup, Trump — who seemingly is incapable of finding a topic that he won’t politicize — created an international media firestorm when he took issue with a months-old video of Rapinoe saying that she wouldn’t go to the White House.

So, on the same day Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said that Rapinoe accepted an invitation for the USWNT to celebrate its World Cup victory with a visit to Congress, the team’s captain also confirmed that there has been no invitation to visit the White House, yet.

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We already know that Rapinoe is taking a hard pass on any White House invitation from Trump. But what about her teammates?

“I would not go, and every teammate that I’ve talked to explicitly about it would not go,” Rapinoe said in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper.

“I don’t think anyone on the team has any interest in lending the platform that we’ve worked so hard to build, and the things that we fight for, and the way that we live our life — I don’t think that we want that to be co-opted or corrupted by this administration,” Rapinoe said. “I think it’s an opportunity for this administration to sort of put us on display as their, you know, sort of guest for the day and I don’t think that makes sense for us at all. 

“I can’t imagine any one of my teammates would want to be put in that position. There are so many other people that I would rather talk to and have meaningful conversations that could really affect change in Washington than going to the White House.”

Rapinoe then was asked to present a direct message to Trump.

“Your message is excluding people. You’re excluding me. You’re excluding people that look like me. You’re excluding people of color. You’re excluding .. Americans that maybe support you. I think that we need to have a reckoning with the message that you have, and what you’re saying about making America great again. I think that you’re harking back to an era that was not great for everyone.

“You have incredible responsibility as the chief of this country to take care of every single person. And, you need to do better for everyone.”

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