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 BidenDearborn office of Rep. Debbie Dingell vandalized Pfizer to apply for COVID-19 booster approval for 16- and 17-year-olds: report Coronavirus variant raises fresh concerns for economy 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 & National Security — US, Iran return to negotiating table US, Iran return to same negotiating table Federal workers who don't meet vaccine mandate won't face discipline until January 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 TrumpPence: Supreme Court has chance to right 'historic wrong' with abortion ruling Prosecutor says during trial that actor Jussie Smollett staged 'fake hate crime' Overnight Defense & National Security — US, Iran return to negotiating table 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.

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.