Megan Rapinoe gushes about White House visit: 'Total kid in the candy store'
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U.S. soccer star Megan Rapinoe gushed about her visit to the White House last month, saying she was able to “geek out” meeting with President BidenJoe BidenBiden administration still seizing land near border despite plans to stop building wall: report Olympics, climate on the agenda for Biden meeting with Japanese PM Boehner on Afghanistan: 'It's time to pull out the troops' MORE and officials in his administration.

"I was like a total kid in the candy store," Rapinoe told People this week. "I got to meet Jen PsakiJen PsakiOvernight Defense: Administration says 'low to moderate confidence' Russia behind Afghanistan troop bounties | 'Low to medium risk' of Russia invading Ukraine in next few weeks | Intelligence leaders face sharp questions during House worldwide threats he Overnight Health Care: Johnson & Johnson delay prompts criticism of CDC panel | Pfizer CEO says third dose of COVID-19 vaccine 'likely' needed within one year | CDC finds less than 1 percent of fully vaccinated people got COVID-19 Hillicon Valley: Biden administration sanctions Russia for SolarWinds hack, election interference MORE as well. I love Jen Psaki. I think she's an incredible press secretary. I don't know why I geek out about these people, but that was really cool." 

The midfielder’s visit to the White House, including an impromptu visit to the press briefing room with Psaki, came after she ignited a feud with then-President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden administration still seizing land near border despite plans to stop building wall: report Illinois House passes bill that would mandate Asian-American history lessons in schools Overnight Defense: Administration says 'low to moderate confidence' Russia behind Afghanistan troop bounties | 'Low to medium risk' of Russia invading Ukraine in next few weeks | Intelligence leaders face sharp questions during House worldwide threats he MORE in 2019.

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Rapinoe, a frequent critic of Trump's, said that she was “not going to the f---ing White House” if the U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT) won the World Cup, which the team later did. 

"Obviously the White House is a really special place," Rapinoe told People. "Generally. I know I said I didn’t want to go there one time, but I think it's a really special place. It obviously holds so much power."

Rapinoe said the mood in the Biden White House was uplifting after "a really ugly four years.”

"There was a lot of really nasty things said, and words matter ... the way that you treat people and talk to people, the way that you talk to women, the way that you talk to kids signals to everyone how one of the most powerful people in the world — if that person is saying nasty things, people are going to take that as a cue,” she said.

"I think the genuine nature of the Bidens, just as people, is welcomed," Rapinoe added.

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The USWNT co-captain visited Washington, D.C., to attend an event marking Equal Pay Day, the date each year to which women must work to make the same amount that men made the year before.

Rapinoe and 27 other members of USWNT filed a class-action lawsuit in 2019 against the U.S. Soccer Federation, claiming the four-time World Cup championship team is paid significantly less than the men’s team despite having markedly more success in international tournaments. 

Last year, a federal judge found that the team had insufficient evidence to bring the claims to trial, though the players said they would appeal that decision.