U.S. women’s soccer star says she’d decline Trump White House invite following World Cup

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U.S. women’s soccer star Alex Morgan is vowing to decline an invitation to the White House should the team receive one following this summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup. 

Morgan told Time Magazine that she had no intention of visiting the White House because of President Trump’s policies, saying that she doesn’t “stand for a lot of things the current office stands for.”

“We don’t have to be put in this little box,” Morgan said. “There’s the narrative that’s been said hundreds of times about any sort of athlete who’s spoken out politically. ‘Stick to sports.’ We’re much more than that, OK?”

{mosads}Morgan has spoken out against a number of Trump administration policies. She said in an interview with Time that she was particularly upset by the administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy at the border that led to thousands of family separations. 

Her comments come as professional athletes elect to pass on visiting the White House. Several players from the 2018 World Series champion Boston Red Sox skipped the team’s visit to the White House earlier this month.

Among those to skip the visit was manager Alex Cora, a Puerto Rican native who said he did not feel comfortable visiting given the administration’s response to Hurricane Maria, which devastated the island in 2017.

The move came about a year after Trump disinvited the NFL champion Philadelphia Eagles from visiting the White House because several of their players participated in protests during the national anthem.

Some Eagles players had already said following the team’s Super Bowl victory that they would not visit the White House if invited.

NBA star Stephen Curry is another high-profile athlete who has said he wouldn’t visit the White House. He said in September 2017 that he didn’t want to go because he didn’t “stand for what our president has said, and the things he hasn’t said at the right time.” 

The U.S. women’s soccer team visited the White House in 2015 following its World Cup victory. Former President Obama commended the team during their stay, saying that the group “taught all of America’s children that playing like a girl means being a badass.”

The team’s first match in the 2019 World Cup is against Thailand on June 11. 

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